This flyer is dedicated to... Zac Efron

Zac Efron used to battle with a cocaine addiction. He checked himself into rehab in an attempt to fight the addiction, and he is staying clean now that he's out.

Description of Cocaine

Cocaine is a psychoactive stimulant, or a drug that excites neural activity and heightens body functions. Cocaine is usually sold as a fine white powder, but it also is sold in a solid, rocklike form (commonly known as crack). Crack cocaine is most often smoked, while the powder is usually snorted. The chemical name for cocaine is C17H21NO4.


Cocaine is classified as a Schedule II drug, which means that it is a dangerous drug illegal for recreational use, but it can be used for medicinal purposes. Its use can lead to a severe psychological or physical dependence.

Slang/Street Names

Where do I begin? There are separate street names for freebase (crack cocaine) and for powder coke. Here are some for cocaine in its powdered form: C, Coke, Blow, Snow, and Flake. Names specifically for crack cocaine (also known as freebase) include Crack, Rock(s), and Base.

How to take cocaine

Cocaine is usually snorted, injected, or smoked. In the powder form, cocaine is snorted and injected. To snort cocaine, users generally make lines with the powder in a grooved flat surface (usually a mirror). They then sniff the drug up through the nose, absorbing it into the bloodstream. To inject, users dissolve the powder in water and then inject it directly into the bloodstream (This is the method that Sherlock Holmes used in Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective stories). Crack cocaine is smoked.

Medicinal Uses

Cocaine is used to stop nosebleeds because it shrinks the blood vessels in the nose. It can also be used for pain control.

How does cocaine affect your brain?

Because cocaine is a stimulant, it increases rather than decreases neural activity. Taking the drug can make you feel euphoric, with heightened energy and mental awareness. People who are under the influence of coke are often talkative and extroverted. This high lasts for 15-30 minutes when the drug is snorted. When smoking or injecting cocaine, the effects are quicker and more intense, but the high only lasts 5-10 minutes.

Effects of Cocaine- Short Term

After the high wears off, people lose the euphoric sensation and the heightened energy they felt when using the drug. Instead, they experience depression, irritability, and a craving for more. Cocaine can also increase feelings of anger, anxiety, and paranoia. Death is possible, even from just one use. Hallucinations can also occur.

Effects of Cocaine- Long Term

After prolonged cocaine use, the body and the brain begin to shut down. Cocaine use permanently damages blood vessels in the heart and brain, causes severe depression, and damages the liver, kidneys, and lungs. Each way to take the drug leads to a different nasty side effect. Snorting the drug destroys tissue in the nose, smoking the drug leads to lung damage, and injecting the drug will cause infectious diseases and abscesses. These are just a few of the effects of cocaine use on the body and the mind.

Physical and Psychological Dependences

Cocaine really has no physical dependence, as there are no physical withdrawal symtoms. The dependence is purely psychological. When someone tries to quit cocaine, they feel anxious, suffer panic attacks, and undergo depression (among other things).

Cocaine-related myths

A common myth about cocaine is that because there are no physical withdrawal symptoms, it is not addictive. WRONG. Cocaine is certainly an addictive drug, but the addiction is psychological, not physical. When you stop taking cocaine, you go through a mental withdrawal instead of a physical one. People will go to extreme lengths (even murder) to get cocaine to feed their addiction. Killing for a quick fix is not the hallmark of a non-addictive drug.

The above link leads to some statistics about the prevalence of cocaine use.

This person has had a sheltered childhood.

It's pretty sad when inhaling soda is the better alternative.