Street Names: Blow, Bump, C, Candy, Charlie, Coke, Snow
Appearance: Flaky powder
Taken: Snorted, smoked, or injected
Physical Effects: Constricted blood vessels, dilated pupils, nasal infections, nose bleeds, rapid breathing, sweating, violent behaviour, twitching, hallucinations and chest pain
Psychological Effects: The drug creates a strong sense of exhilaration. Users generally feel invincible, confident, carefree, alert, and euphoric, and have a lot of energy. This is usually followed by agitation, irritability, depression, anxiety, paranoia, insomnia and decreased appetite.
Dangers of Use: Cocaine is potent and dangerous. The short-term and long-term effects of cocaine are equally dangerous.
The long-term effects of using cocaine can include extreme agitation, violent mood swings and depression. Prolonged use of snorting cocaine causes ulcerations in the mucous membrane of the nose and holes in the barrier separating the nostrils. It can also result in a loss of appetite, extreme insomnia and sexual problems.
Heart disease, heart attacks, respiratory failure, strokes, seizures, and gastrointestinal problems are not uncommon among long-term users of cocaine and crack.