The Ugly Truth

Cocain- What is it?

Cocain is from the Coca plant. It was originally a pain killer. It comes in a powder or crystal form.

Street Names

A few street names include:



Aunt Nora

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

Cocaine is mot commonly sniffed, but can be rubbed on the gums or ingested

Short Term Effects Of Cocaine

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