Problems Using Cocaine
Cocaine is often mixed with other stuff like lidocaine and procaine which are local anesthetics. Cocaine naturally makes your gums go numb when applied, and since lidocaine causes stronger numbness, you’re tricked into thinking the coke is high-quality, when it’s actually diluted. Another substance often found in cocaine is levamisole, which is a drug used by veterinarians to treat worm infestations.
Because the cocaine high is so short and so intense, people often want to take more as soon as the effects start to wear off. Cocaine users often “binge” and “crash”, meaning they take the drug over and over in a short period, and then have feelings of intense depression, sluggishness and hunger afterwards.
Because cocaine is snorted, it can cause permanent damage to the inside of your nose over time.
Some users go through a temporary loss of touch with reality, hallucinations or intense anxiety, worry and panic.
Sharing the rolled up bill or tube that is used to snort cocaine is dangerous because it can be a way to pass along a blood disease such as Hepatitis C.
Some people become highly addicted to cocaine and begin to take higher and higher amounts each time. Many people have died from taking too much. A cocaine overdose can raise the body's temperature or cause convulsions, a heart attack and heart failure. The risk of overdosing is greater if you mix coke with other drugs or alcohol.