The Ugly Truth
History of Cocaine
Cocaine is one of the oldest and most potent drugs. The Ancient Incas used to chew in the coca leaves. In Peru, the Native Peruvians chewed the leaves during religious ceremonies. Cocaine was first taken from the coca leaves in 1859 by Albert Niemann, in Germany. Sigmund Freud, an Australian psychoanalst, used cocaine and promoted it as a tonic to cure depression. He even published an article in 1884 calling cocaine a "magical substance" and recommended it for general use. In 1886, John Pemberton used coca leaves in his soft drink Coca-Cola, making the drink super popular. Another supported of Cocaine was Thomas Eddison, the inventor of the lightbulb. In 1912, Cocaine was officially banned from the United States. In the 1990's Colombian drug cartels made and exported 500-800 tons of cocaine a year. By 2008, Cocaine was the second most trafficked illegal drug in the world.
How This Drug is Used
Short Term Effects Of Cocaine
Seeing things like bugs and worms crawling into your skin
Overdosing, is when you take too much of a drug and you die.
Feeling sad, lost, anger, and frustration. It is a mood disorder.
Long Term Effects
- Liver, Kindey, and Lung Damage
- infectious disease
- infertility and reproductive damage
2nd most trafficked illegal drug in the world
2nd most common illegal drugs in Europe
7.5 million people in Europe used at least once
35.3 million Americans 12+ have used cocaine at least once
- 448,481 emergency room visits involved cocaine in 2005