Cocaine is becoming an increasingly used drug in the UK, with easier accessibility leading it to become more widely used than ever.
A survey in 2010, revealed that use of cocaine has increased five-fold in the UK since 1996 with 6.6% of 16 to 24 year olds using the class A drug.
It’s believed this increase in use is because of easier accessibility to the drug and lower prices that in some cases make it cheaper than a pint of bitter. This is coupled with a misjudged belief among many young people that the drug is not dangerous.
While many may be enjoying the effects of cocaine, with increased energy and heightened mood on a night out. The drug can quite easily take over someone’s life and cause many physiological effects. Use can often go from casual use to catching up with somebody where they develop a reliability and need cocaine to function.
Increased use of cocaine can lead to many consequences and seriously affect a person’s judgement, leading them to not realise they have a serious problem. This can lead to them putting cocaine before their friends and family as well as their employment, leading to isolation and detrimental lifestyle consequences.
Aside from its many psychological effects, cocaine causes many health issues, especially with continued use. Possibly most well-known is cocaine’s effect on the ear, nose and throat as it is usually snorted or smoked.
The ‘coke-nose’ is a common health complaint, where the septum (section that separates the nostrils) becomes damaged due to a decreasing bloody supply and drying crusting effects of constantly sniffing cocaine.
In some cases this can lead to a perforation or hole in the septum and result in further crusting, foul secretions, nosebleeds and nose whistling.
Cocaine also stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, triggering its flight or fight response and increasing adrenaline in the body. This leads to an increased heart rate, blood vessel narrowing and high bloody pressure, which can often cause complains of angina and chest pain with decreased bloody supply to the heart.
In fact, according to various medical journals, there are more complaints of heart complications from cocaine than any other drug. With use leading to many health effects such as abnormal heart rhythm, rapid heart rhythm, heart disease or heart attacks.
For people who have realised their dependency on cocaine, Cocaine addiction treatment is an effective way of battling their problem. Sometimes there may be an underlying psychological issue behind the addiction which could benefit from psychotherapy or perhaps support is needed to follow an abstinence based programme.
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