By Alec Ogden

What is it?

Cocaine refers to the drugs in a powder form or crystal form. It is an extract from coca leaves. It was originally developed as a pain killer.

How is used?

It is used as a drug. When people use it they snort it, ingest it, inject it, in hail it, smoke it, vapor and it is rubbed in the gums.

Examples of cocaine

History of cocaine

Cocaine was the first extract from coca leaves. Cocaine is one of the oldest, most potent and most dangerous stimulants of natural origin. Coca cola uses coca leaves as an ingredient in the soda.


Short term effects:

Nausea, dilated pupils, and depression

Long term effects:

Liver, kidney, and lungs damage, severe depression, and delirium or psychosis

Street names:

Sniff, Coke, and toot

Facts and statistics

It is the second most commonly used illegal drug in Europe. People ages 15-34 an estimated 7.5 million have used cocaine at least once in there life, 3.5 million in the last year and 1.5 million in the past month. In 2006, 35.3 million Americans aged 12 or older reported having used cocaine