What is Cocaine?
Legal Status = Cocaine is a class a drug. The maximum penalty for possession is 7 years + unlimited fine. The maximum penalty for supply/dealing is life + unlimited fine.
What does it do?
Cocaine is a stimulant drug and usually comes in a white or cream powder or occasionally in the formation of a small rock.
Cocaine powder is often less than 50% purity and in Scotland less than 5%. It is usually cut with a variety of different things such as glucose, starch, amphetamine, local anaesthetics, teething powders baking powders and some cleaning products such as jiff powder it is these cutting agents that give the numbing effect in the nostrils.
What are the dangers?
Note: the effects of all drugs differ from person to person and will depend on the quantity you take, your mood, where you are, who you are with.
Cocaine can make you feel euphoric, more confident, alert, talkative and sexually aroused. It will raise the body’s core temperature, make your heart beat faster and stave off feelings of any hunger. It can also make you feel paranoid, panicky or anxious, irritable, because you sleep problems and loss of your appetite. You are also at risk of nasal damage, stomach cramps and bowel disorders. If you take too much you are at risk of overdose which can lead to kidney failure, seizures, stroke and heart attack. In particular you must be extremely cautious and aware when using Alcohol and cocaine together as this can be lethal using the two together causes the body to produce Cocaethelyne which is more toxic and long lasting than cocaine alone.
There are many other risks for if you are not using your own tooter there is a risk of passing on blood borne viruses .If you use regularly alternate nostrils to minimise damage. Use vitamin E oil to clean the nostrils to prevent dryness and infection. Also if injecting do not share equipment as this can lead to the transmission of blood borne viruses too. Always remember that mixing cocaine with alcohol and other drugs puts added stress on your vital organs.
What to do if I think I have an addiction to Cocaine?
If you think you or your friend has a problem, is addicted or is abusing Cocaine, contact Rehab Guide today to enquire about home or clinic drug detox and rehab programs available.