by: Jariell Brown

Facts About Cocaine

1. Cocaine can be either snorted, where it is absorbed through the nasal tissue, or dissolved in water and injected into the bloodstream.

2. Cocaine is the second most trafficked illegal drug in the world.

3. Users generally feel invincible

4. The effects of cocaine generally last about two hours.

5. Injecting cocaine can bring about severe allergic reactions and increased risk for contracting HIV, hepatitis C, and other blood-borne diseases.

Facts About Cocaine

6. Cocaine causes your blood vessels to constrict immediately, increasing your heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature.

7. The risk of sudden death is even greater when cocaine is combined with alcohol

8. Cocaine can be highly addictive, and smoking it, in the form of “crack,” increases the risk of addiction because it gets into your brain even faster.

9. Cocaine-related deaths are often caused by cardiac arrest or seizures, followed by respiratory failure

10. Nearly one percent of Americans, or 2.1 million people, are currently using cocaine.