Addiction to Cocaine

canstockphoto5874319The stories about drug abuse that always grab the headlines are those about illicit drugs like heroin, crystal meth, cocaine and crack. But it is prescription drug addiction that is the USA’s fastest growing drug problem.Prescription drugs obviously are used for physical and mental problems, but they are perceived as “soft” drugs that won’t do as much harm as the hard, illicit drugs. Nonetheless, they are highly addictive and it does not take much for a user to develop a dependency and addiction.

The Growing Problem With Prescription Drug Addiction

The Drug Enforcement Administration has declared that Americans are abusing prescription drugs more widely than all illicit drugs, except marijuana. Continue Reading

cocaine useCocaine is a very powerful substance that most people use without necessarily considering its extremely harmful effects. This attitude isn’t helped by the attention it gets in various popular movies and song lyrics. The truth is, cocaine use is illegal in almost all countries, and its effects are far from glamorous.

 

 The Three Cs… Coca, Cocaine and Crack

Cocaine is a purified extract from the leaves of the coca bush that grows in South America’s Andes region. The two main forms of cocaine are formed by different chemical processes:

  • Powdered cocaine – Street names: “coke” or “blow.” Powdered cocaine can be snorted; it also dissolves in water and can be injected.
  • Crack cocaine – Street names include “crack” or “rock.” Made by chemical process that retains its “freebase” form, which Continue Reading