Is America Breaking Up with Cocaine?
An 80’s Phenom | Now, a thing of the past…
Cocaine used to be a popular and commonly used drug, especially back in the 1980s. Fortunately though, cocaine use isn’t nearly as common as it once was… Is America now breaking-up with Cocaine?
In fact, The Christian Science Monitor reports in July, 2013 that, since 2006, with at least a 40 percent drop in people using cocaine since 2006. “I’ve never seen such a rapid decline for such an addictive drug,” says Peter Reuter, a public-policy professor and drug-economy expert at the University of Maryland in College Park.
Plus, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health recently reported that only around 0.5 percent of the population was using cocaine in 2011, while a more troubling one percent of the population was using back in 2006. Even that 0.5 percent is still too high, however, especially when you consider that cocaine is a serious drug, one that has the power to destroy lives.
Recreational Cocaine Use
Back in the 1980s and still today, there were and are many people who claim to be only recreational users of cocaine. These people often only use the drug when out on the town, partying, or hoping to stay up late and get things done.
Recreational users often think that they are safe from the drug’s harmful effects since they are not yet addicts – “yet” being the operative word. The truth of the matter is that cocaine is a very serious and very damaging drug, and any cocaine usage is harmful and can have severely negative effects on a person’s life, health and overall well-being. There is, in short, no true recreational use of any drug, let alone cocaine; all drug usage will eventually lead to negative effects.
Furthermore, most users of cocaine will begin to develop cravings for the drug, which is one of the early signs of a forming addiction. As the cravings increase, users are likely to feel that they need more and more of the drug as tolerance increases – another hallmark of addiction. People who are in these early stages of addiction and who do not have access to cocaine will experience unpleasant symptoms including extreme fatigue and depression. Many users of cocaine also report feeling restless, mentally confused, suffering panic attacks, being paranoid, and experiencing anxiety.
Over time, most people who regularly abuse cocaine will eventually become addicted to and dependent upon it. These people will need help to stop, though all people who use the drug could benefit from therapy and assistance. If cocaine addicts do not get help or if they wait too long to enroll in treatment, the following complications can arise from continued cocaine use:
- Heart problems or heart attacks
- Breathing problems
- Respiratory failure
- Nervous system problems
- Problems with the digestive system
- Skin infections
- Allergic reactions
- Increased risk of HIV, hepatitis and other diseases for those who inject the drug
Even though America is breaking up with Cocaine, to keep you or your loved one from developing any of these serious issues, seek treatment for him or her as soon as possible.
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