Did you know that some people may get addicted to cocaine after using it only once? In fact, cocaine is so addictive that it is linked to 50% of overdose deaths in the U.S.
Cocaine is made from the leaves of coca plants, which are native to South America. It is a stimulant drug that increases energy and alertness. Health care workers also use cocaine as local anesthesia, but the recreational use of cocaine is illegal.
Cocaine usually comes in the form of a fine, white powder, which users may snort or rub into their gums. This drug is also called blow, coke, crack, rock, or snow.
To maintain their ‘high’, users take cocaine repeatedly. Prolonged use may lead to cocaine tolerance, so users take cocaine in increasingly larger amounts to get the same effect.
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