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Drug Information

This section of our website contains health and safety information pertaining to some of the more commonly used recreational drugs. The first page in each drug section presents simple, basic facts explaining what the drug is, its effects, the main risks of using it, and the most important health and safety information for reducing the risks and harms associated with it.

          Cannabis               Cocaine                 Ecstasy                 Meth

          Ketamine               Steriods                GHB                     Mushrooms

          
Nitrous Oxide        LSD                      2C-B                     Herion

          
Oxycontin             Alcohol                 Tobacco               Inhalants

  

COCAINE

WHAT IS COCAINE?

  

  • Cocaine Hydrochloride ("coke," "blow") is a white powder derived from the leaves of the coca plant, which grows mainly in South America.
  • Coca Cola used to contain cocaine (hence the name), and so did many other over-the-counter food and medicine products.
  • Cocaine is usually sold is small baggies by the gram.
  • Crack cocaine is made by chemically altering cocaine powder into crystals or "rocks" which are easily smokable.


WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF COCAINE?

  

  • Cocaine is a stimulant drug like speed, but much shorter acting.
  • It causes a sudden increase in heart rate, blood pressure and breathing.
  • It also leads to feelings of confidence, alertness and euphoria.


DANGERS!

  

  • Cocaine and crack are very short-acting. This can lead to using too much or too often.
  • Many users become compulsive in their use of cocaine, which can lead to physical or psychological addiction.
  • The after-effects can include depression, agitation, anxiety and paranoia.
  • The intensity of these effects depend on how much and how often cocaine is used, and are more intense when cocaine is smoked as crack.
  • High or frequent doses have caused seizures, strokes or heart attacks in some people.
  • Repeated snorting can damage the membranes of the nose.
  • Cocaine is illegal and getting caught with it in your possession can result in long prison sentences. Giving cocaine to someone else, even if no money was exchanged, can result in even longer sentences.