The highly addictive central nervous system stimulant, cocaine, is derived from the leaves of the cocoa plant. Cocoa leaves were used in ancient times by the Incans to decrease appetite, as well as to fight altitude sickness.

Eventually, the substance cocaine hydrochloride was developed from cocoa leaves in the nineteenth century. Cocaine hydrochloride was then used in certain products and medicines. In fact, cocaine hydrochloride was the active ingredient in Coca Cola until the negative effects of the drug were brought to light.

Cocaine hydrochloride is obviously no longer the active ingredient in Coca Cola; however, its presence in the drug culture is a widespread problem for society today.

The Harrison Narcotic Act of 1914 banned the non-prescription use of cocaine products. This act did not eliminate cocaine abuse, but only placed strict regulations on cocaine classifying it as a dangerous narcotic drug with the same consequences and legal punishments as drugs like heroin.

Cocaine is one of the most commonly abused drugs today. Street coke is intentionally contaminated or “cut” during the preparation. This gives dealers the ability to dilute the substance so that they can increase their profit. Coke can be anywhere from 1% to 95% pure today. Cocaine addicts “copping,” or buying drugs on the street, never really know what they will get.

This white powdery substance is usually snorted, but can be inhaled, smoked or injected. After doing a line of coke an individual experiences a feeling of euphoria, mental clarity, alertness, and a decreased appetite. A high from snorting coke may take about five minutes to kick in, and the rush will last about fifteen minutes to half an hour. As a person crashes from a coke high, they will experience extreme agitation and paranoia.

Cocaine addicts will crave more of the drug when the drug is wearing off, or they are “coming down.” This crash and intense craving for more explains the psychologically addicting component to the drug.

Cocaine addiction is a serious and growing problem in America today. Using cocaine for any length of time can be lethal, which is why you should never wait to seek help. Our professional counselors want to help you find the best cocaine addiction treatment center for you. To get the help  you need, call us today. 

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