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How does cocaine work?

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The drug sends high levels of dopamine, a natural chemical messenger in your body, into the parts of your brain that control pleasure. This buildup causes intense feelings of energy and alertness.

From: What Is Cocaine? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach: Treating Cocaine Addiction,” “Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction,” “What Are Stimulants?” “What are the long-term effects of cocaine use?” “What is Cocaine?”

Foundation for a Drug-Free World: “Effects of Cocaine.”

Center for Substance Abuse Research: “Cocaine (Powder).”

SAMHSA/CSAT Treatment Improvement Protocols: “Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment.”

Narconon: “Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Use.”

UpToDate: “Cocaine use disorder in adults: “Epidemiology, pharmacology, clinical manifestations, medical consequences, and diagnosis.”

The University of Arizona Methamphetamine and Other Illicit drug Education: “Cocaine Overdose.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 26, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute on Drug Abuse: “A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach: Treating Cocaine Addiction,” “Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction,” “What Are Stimulants?” “What are the long-term effects of cocaine use?” “What is Cocaine?”

Foundation for a Drug-Free World: “Effects of Cocaine.”

Center for Substance Abuse Research: “Cocaine (Powder).”

SAMHSA/CSAT Treatment Improvement Protocols: “Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment.”

Narconon: “Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Use.”

UpToDate: “Cocaine use disorder in adults: “Epidemiology, pharmacology, clinical manifestations, medical consequences, and diagnosis.”

The University of Arizona Methamphetamine and Other Illicit drug Education: “Cocaine Overdose.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on September 26, 2017

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