Teens and Cocaine

Cocaine is a stimulant drug. Cocaine is one of the oldest drugs known and used as a mind altering substance. Cocaine in the pure form is known as “cocaine hydrochloride”. Cocaine comes from the Coca Leaf, indigenous to South America. Cocaine gives the user a boost of energy and allows the user to enhance their physical endurance for some activities. Due to the energy boost, many users become dependent quickly for many “quick” pick me ups. Cocaine may also be linked to being a “diet” or “fashion” drug, as many users experience a loss of appetite or appetite suppression. Cocaine has a famous history and appeals to many who are wanting to act or be like famous individuals in history. It is know that many celebrities have used the drug, several also dying from their use. Cocaine may be also called:

  • Cocaine Powder
  • Snow
  • Blow
  • Bad Rock
  • Coke
  • Bazooka
  • Beam
  • Flake

Teens and Cocaine, Signs and Symptoms of Use

Teens who use drugs will often show many signs of their usage. Some signs to look for include:

  • Red eyes
  • Runny nose/frequent sniffling
  • Nose bleeds
  • Change of eating habits
  • Loss of weight
  • Change in sleeping habits
  • Change in friends
  • Frequently needing money or beginning to steal items

There are also many other signs may cue you into teen drug use. As the teen relies more and more on using the drug they are more likely to lie, steal, and cheat others for money or goods in order to get their drugs. Many teens will also resort to prostitution to make sure they get their drugs. Desperate behavior of your teen may be a sign of drug abuse.

Teens and Cocaine, Effects of Use

Cocaine is very detrimental on the body and most often lead to permanent damage when used for a length of time. The feeling of increased energy and ability to endure long periods of physical activity often lead users of cocaine to come back to the drug more often. Since cocaine use alters the body’s chemical makeup, addiction is quick to follow the first use. Short term effects may include:

  • Blood pressure increase
  • Increased temperature
  • Lessened appetite
  • Constricted blood vessels
  • Dilated pupils

Long Term Symptoms

  • Heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Seizure
  • Respiratory failure
  • And other body system failure and complications