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Cocaine is a drug obtained from the coca plant It is used medically as an anesthetic and as an illegal drug It is mostly produced in countries in South America such a Columbia and Mexico It is also produced in many other countries including the United States The traditional method of cocaine use is to chew the leaves of the coca plant giving a mild stimulation Powder cocaine which is the most popular today is usually inhaled or injected into a vein and provides a lower high with major effects lasting almost 30 minutes Freebase cocaine is usually smoked and causes a strong short-lived peak for about 3- 5 minutes There are many effects to the use of cocaine Psychological effects varies with dose and the tolerance of the user It increases alertness wakefulness and also elevates the mood Also it increases concentration and energy decreases fatigue which causes insomnia and increases restlessness With higher doses a person may exhibit a pattern of psychosis with confused and disorganized behavior fear hallucinations and paranoia Physical affects are profound loss of appetite leading to severe weight loss and nutritional imbalance Also increasing athletic performance heart rate blood pressure and body temperature Many people have suffered from seizures strokes heart attacks and death If cocaine is taken through the veins unsterile needles can cause infections and diseases These diseases can include Hepatitis B blood poisoning and of course AIDS Cocaine use is extremely dangerous to a pregnant mothers because it causes miscarriage premature birth low birth weight 2 lbs strokedeath malformation syphilis and disturbed behaviorThe penalty for cocaine use or possession is usually a prison sentence Depending on the judge and the state many have offered to first time offenders help in rehabilitation centers Prison time depends mostly on the state During the past few years there has been great legislation to make stiffer penalties to cocaine users and traffickers In the past years many
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