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Teen Cocaine Use

What are the statistics of teen cocaine use? What are some of the effects of teen cocaine use? Are there any warning signs of teen cocaine abuse? This article will review these questions and more about teen cocaine use and treatment for cocaine addiction.


Cocaine is one of the most dangerous drugs available to teenagers. Cocaine is very addictive, and has serious long term health effects. This article will review the statistics on teen cocaine use, effects of teen cocaine use, and warning signs of teen cocaine use.

It is important to note that cocaine addiction can be hard to combat, and that it is best to avoid using the drug in the first place. Common street names for cocaine include blow, coke, snow and flake. Cocaine can be taken in a variety of ways, including smoked, injected and snorted. Snorting and injection are the two most common methods of taking cocaine. Crack cocaine is the name for the free base cocaine that is used for smoking.

Cocaine is not one of the more widely abused drugs by teenagers, but teen cocaine abuse does exist. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about six million people over the age of 12 have used cocaine at least once in the past year. 3.4% of 10th graders and 5.2% of 12th graders have used cocaine in the past year. Most cocaine use by teenagers is experimentation, but that does not mean that cocaine is safe.

Effects of teen cocaine use

Cocaine can have some very strong effects on the body. When taken, cocaine causes euphoria and a feeling of great energy. This is why it is used at all • many abusers enjoy the “high” feeling that they receive.

Short term effects of teen cocaine use include:

  • Elevated heart rate.
  • Intense feelings of euphoria.
  • Feelings of high energy.
  • Distorted sensory perception.
  • Shaking.
  • Intense “low” feeling as the drug wears off and the user “crashes.”

These short term effects can also affect performance at school, work and in extracurricular activities. These short term issues can lead to longer term problems that can result in difficult getting and maintaining a job, getting into college and interacting normally with others.

Long term health effects of cocaine can be even more disturbing. If one uses cocaine for a long period of time, or in high dosage amounts, he or she may experience the following health effects:

  • Seizures.
  • Stroke.
  • Respiratory problems.
  • Heart attack.
  • Brain damage.
  • Infections due to needle sharing amongst those who inject cocaine.
  • Violent behavior.

It is also worth noting that in some cases, cocaine use can result in sudden death. There have been cases in which users • even first time users • end up dying after one use. Another thing to beware of is the fact that in many cases cocaine is mixed with other drugs or chemical substances. This can lead to dangerous and unexpected reactions that can damage one’s health or even be life threatening.

Cocaine is highly addictive and the body develops a tolerance to its use. One of the most dangerous effects of teen cocaine use is that a person’s body can become used to the amounts of cocaine used, and need more and more of the drug in order to feel the same effects. This can increase the chance of overdose as the user takes successively greater amounts of cocaine in an effort to get high.

Warning signs of teen cocaine abuse

Because of the dangers inherent in using cocaine, it is important to be on the look out for teen drug use of cocaine. There are some specific warning signs that emerge due to teen cocaine abuse. Here are some of the more common signs of teen cocaine abuse:

  • Bloodshot eyes.
  • Frequent sniffing or runny nose (coming when one is snorting).
  • Dramatic shift in sleeping habits • especially staying up all night.
  • Change in group of friends.
  • Shift in weight, especially dramatic weight loss.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Lack of motivation.
  • Loses interest in activities that used he or she used to enjoy.
  • Frequent and dramatic mood swings.
  • Presence of drug paraphernalia.
  • Declining performance at school and work.
  • Signs of depression.
  • Stops taking care of personal appearance and hygiene needs.
  • Always asking for money (or even stealing it) • usually in order to support the habit.

If you know someone, especially a teenager, who is exhibiting a majority of these warning signs, it might be a good idea to seek help for him or here. There are residential treatment centers that can help teenagers manage their addictions and slowly overcome the cocaine habit. A supportive environment and doable plan, whether it is carried out locally or at a facility, are important in overcoming cocaine addiction.

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