Methamphetamine the downward spiral

What does it look like? What form does it come in?

  • In powder form it is white
  • In rock form it is yellowish or off white
  • In liquid form it is clean

What kind of drug is cocaine?

Cocaine is a stimulant
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Short term effects

  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature
  • Increased rate of breathing
  • Dilated pupils
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Nausea
  • Hyperstimulation
  • Bizarre, erratic, sometimes violent behavior
  • Hallucinations, hyperexcitability, irritability
  • Tactile hallucination that creates the illusion of bugs burrowing under the skin
  • Intense euphoria
  • Anxiety and paranoia
  • Depression
  • Intense drug craving
  • Panic and psychosis
  • Convulsions, seizures and sudden death from high doses (even one time)

Long term effects

  • Permanent damage to blood vessels of heart and brain
  • high blood pressure, leading to heart attacks, strokes and death
  • Liver, kidney and lung damage
  • Destruction of tissues in noes if sniffed
  • Respiratory failure if smoked
  • Infectious diseases and abscesses in injected
  • Malnutrition, weight loss
  • Severe tooth decay
  • Auditory and tactile hallucinations
  • Sexual problems, reproductive damage and infertility (both genders)
  • Disorientation, apathy, confused exhaustion
  • Irritability and mood disturbance
  • Increased frequency of risky behavior
  • Delirium or psychosis
  • Severe depression
  • Tolerance and addiction (even after on use)

How is cocaine used?

  • Cocaine is most often sniffed
  • Ingested
  • Injected
  • Smoked
  • Rubbed into gums

Cocaine's legal status

  • First conviction carries a fine of up to $1,000 or imprisonment up to 6 months, or both
  • Subsequent summary conviction means the penalties are doubled, a fine of up to $2,000 and up to a year in jail, or both
  • If the charge is treated as an indictable offence, the offended may be sent to prison for up to 7 years
  • Trafficking cocaine is considered an indictable offence and is punishable by a sentence of life in prison

Social factors that may influence cocaine

  • Risk takers (help the cope)
  • Predisposition (genetics)
  • Experimentation
  • Gender and age
  • Hedonism (buzz or thrill)
  • Peer group

Decision Making

Cocaine rewires the brain , studies have shown that even after a single use the brain is rewired overriding priorities, decision making and memory after cocaine has been introduced.