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JUST SAY NO But say it loudly A profile of cocaine and its effects on two lives Greek mythology tells of a young god Morpheus god of dreams Morpheus planted a special purple flower called the lotus Soon the people of the land smelled the sweet flowers and ate them They immediately feel into a deep and troubled sleep From that day on they awoke only long enough to gather the lotus flowers and sleep again Eventually they lost their strength and willpower and wanted only to drift in and out of sleep1 The story of the lotus-eaters and similar tales from ancient times show us that drug use is not new Today this problem threatens all of our society The worst most deadly of drugs however is cocaine This report will talk about what cocaine is what it does to the human body and two fantastic people who gave their lives because of it Today over 5 million people use cocaine each month Each day 3000 people try cocaine for the first time2 Cocaine is a white powder made from the leaves of the cocoa plant Cocaine is first pressed to form a paste then the paste is mixed with strong chemicals to make a white powdery mixture Most cocaine comes from South America It is estimated that about 400 tons of cocaine is smuggled out of South America each year Half of this cocaine ends up on the streets of the United States Cocaine is a stimulant That means that when it is used it speeds up the way the brain works It causes the brain to send out too many electrical signals that then get mixed up Because the brain tells the heart how fast and often to beat using cocaine can make the heart pump so fast that it damages the muscles or can
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