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Cocaine Hydrochloride is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug made from the leaves of the coca plant native to South America. It produces short-term euphoria, energy, and talkativeness in addition to potentially dangerous physical effects like raising heart rate and blood pressure.

How Is Cocaine Used?

The powdered form of Cocaine Hydrochloride is either inhaled through the nose (snorted), where it is absorbed through the nasal tissue or dissolved in water and injected into the bloodstream.

Crack is a form of this drug that has been processed to make a rock crystal (also called “freebase”) that can be smoked. The crystal is heated to produce vapors that are absorbed into the blood-stream through the lungs. (The term “crack” refers to the crackling sound produced by the rock as it is heated.)

The intensity and duration of cocaine’s pleasurable effects depend on the way it is administered. Injecting or smoking cocaine delivers the drug rapidly into the bloodstream and brain, producing a quicker and stronger but shorter-lasting high than snorting. The high from snorting coke may last 15 to 30 minutes; the high from smoking may last 5 to 10 minutes.

In order to sustain their high, people who use cocaine often use the drug in a binge pattern—taking the drug repeatedly within a relatively short period of time, at increasingly higher doses. This practice can easily lead to addiction, a chronic relapsing disease caused by changes in the brain and characterized by uncontrollable drug-seeking no matter the consequences.

For more information and photographs of coke and crack cocaine, get the crack brochure or the Drug Identification Guide.

Other Sources:

Stimulant (National Library of Medicine) 

Coke is a white powder. It can be snorted up the nose or mixed with water and injected with a needle. Coke can also be made into small white rocks, … Crack is smoked in a small glass pipe. Cocaine speeds up your whole body. You may feel …

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Intoxication may be caused by taking too much cocaine or too concentrated a form of coke Using cocaine when the weather is hot, which … – Medical Encyclopedia

Stimulant From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
… to-Read Web site Citation Site Map Print Street names: Blow, Coke, Crack Home / Drug Facts / What Is Cocaine? Also known as: “coke,” “Coca,” “C,” “snow,” “flake,” “ … – External Health Links

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Other Sources

Drug Identification Guide

CDC Facts

CDC Addiction Info

CDC Substance Treatment

Samhsa Workplace Programs


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