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Cocaine: Just the Facts

Know the risks of cocaine.

What is Cocaine?

Cocaine, also known as ‘coke’, is a powerful stimulant with short lived effects. This means cocaine can speed up the way your mind and body work in a short time. Cocaine comes in two forms; a powder form and a rock form (known as crack cocaine) which are used for snorting and smoking. All types of cocaine are addictive and reach the brain very quickly. Injecting any form of cocaine also reaches the brain quickly, but this has serious additional risks, including damaging veins and spreading blood borne viruses, such as HIV and Hepatitis C.

Some of the risks:

  • High risk of heart attack and death
  • Snorting cocaine will seriously damage the septum – the cartilage in your nose that separates the nostrils
  • Can lead to serious anxiety, depression, paranoia and can leave you feeling run down
  • You can get cravings for cocaine, meaning it becomes addictive.

How to get help

If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about drugs, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your public health nurse.

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