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What can lead to an overdose and how can cocaine affect you?

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You may have strong cravings for the drug and the high it brings. But the more you use cocaine, the more your brain will adapt to it. You’ll need a stronger dose to feel the same high. This can lead to a dangerous addiction or overdose. Stronger, more frequent doses can also cause long-term changes in your brain’s chemistry. Your body and mind begin to rely on the drug. This can make it harder for you to think, sleep, and recall things from memory. Your reaction time may be slower. And you’re at risk for more heart, stomach, and lung problems.

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

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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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