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Short-term and long-term effects of cocaine use

Using cocaine can lead to more than just an arrest record and a fine. It has physical effects that are pretty damaging. The short-term and long-term effects prove that this is a dangerous drug that can lead you into hurting yourself and those around you. If you are involved in taking this drug, or have someone you love who is hooked, you may want to read on. The facts speak for themselves.

The short-term effects of cocaine use cause you to feel high immediately. This is followed by an intense depression, an edginess that leaves you wanting that high again, so you use the drug again. Can you see the circle you can get into with this drug? People who abuse this drug don't sleep well and often don't eat well either. Your heart rate greatly increases you can have muscle spasms and even convulsions. You often feel like the world is out to get you and this makes you angry and hostile to those around you. These symptoms can occur even when you aren't on the drug. It is an after-effect.

Have you ever heard the term "dope fiend?" This term was coined to describe a person hooked on cocaine. As your tolerance for this drug increases you have to take larger and larger quantities to get the same high. The prolonged use of this drug can cause massive sleep problems and a loss of appetite. Some of the worst symptoms of cocaine are that you can become psychotic and you can hallucinate.

No one wants to be a cocaine addict. If you or a loved one are struggling with this and have been picked up by the police and charged, now is the time to quit. Having an attorney who can advise you of your rights under the laws of Florida can be nothing but positive.

Source: Foundation for a Drug-Free World, "Effects of Cocaine," accessed Nov. 09, 2015

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