Signs of Cocaine Use

signs of cocaine useUnderstanding the effects of cocaine and being able to detect the signs of cocaine use can make all the difference to help a loved one or friend get the help they need before their problem becomes even more serious. Cocaine use is fairly common in the United States, as estimates from eMedicineHealth show that the drug is currently the most abused narcotic stimulant in America.

According to estimates, the drug has been used by 15% of the American public at sometime during their life. And 1.9 million people living in the United States have tried the drug within the past month after the study in 2008. (eMedicineHelp) Become familiar with cocaine’s effect on the body to know if what you are noticing in a friend or family member seems to indicate addiction or the drug’s use.

Common side effects of using cocaine

Cocaine users have reported the drug causes a euphoric and extremely pleasurable feeling that also includes:

  • Increased energy and focus
  • Feeling powerful and superior
  • Heightened sense of happiness or joy

Other users have reported a negative reaction to the drug that involves feeling irritable, paranoid, anxious, and restless. Cocaine use does cause varied reactions from users.Read more how Cocaine addiction can happen.


How to spot the symptoms of cocaine use

The effects of cocaine usage can last from half an hour to two hours, but vary depending on how the drug was taken. If a cocaine user directly injected or smoked the drug, the effects tend to be shorter but much more intense. There are a few key signs that can help you spot a cocaine user, since the drug affects the brain as well as the rest of the human body.

  • Dilated pupils
  • Heightened energy levels and activity
  • Speaking at a fast pace
  • High body temperature
  • Long periods of exhaustion
  • Intense focus

Using cocaine can be an extreme experience which can bring about an excessive energy boost that is followed by a “crash.” The signs of cocaine users can be difficult to notice, especially if the person is naturally full of energy and on-the-go. Take the time to really notice and understand the side effects of the drug to prevent further problems for an addict.If you suspect that a friend or family member is using cocaine, do your best to convince them to seek out treatment for themselves so that they can get clean before it’s too late.

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