A Common and Deadly Addiction Threat
Although its use has admittedly declined in recent years, cocaine addiction still remains a dominant public health threat in many areas of the United States. In 2014, over 5,000 Americans lost their lives to cocaine overdose. A drug that is increasingly downplayed and embraced as a sort of benign party drug, cocaine is a powerful and destructive central nervous system stimulant. It severely impacts the heart and brain, and has the power to render users addicted after just a very short time. Many cocaine users think they can escape dependency as they continue to abuse cocaine on a regular basis, and ultimately wind up discovering the opposite.
Cocaine is extracted from the coca plant and is usually refined into a white powder to be snorted, injected or smoked.