Teenage cocaine use can be a scary topic for any parent to deal with. The narcotic is such a powerful and addictive drug that any teenager using the substance will be subject to extreme health risks.According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), nearly seven percent of all high school students in the United States have tried cocaine at least once in their lives, which is nearly a two percent increase over the last 20 years.
Cocaine is a stimulant that causes heightened senses, energy, and speaking rate, along with other dangerous side-effects such as an increase in heart rate and blood pressure. The drug is usually inhaled through the nose, injected, dissolved in drinking water, or smoked through a pipe. The strength and effects of the narcotic can last up to 30 minutes, and can result in serious health problems such as loss of smell, nosebleeds, paranoia, and psychosis. (National Institute on Drug Abuse)Read more: Teen and Adolescent Rehab
Signs of teenage cocaine use
Cocaine can be such a strong stimulant that detecting its use by your teen will likely be obvious. Teenagers that are using the drug will typically display one or more of these indicators:
- Enlarged pupils
- Extreme alertness
- Fast speech
- Panic, paranoia, or fear
- Runny or bloody nose
Cocaine also has many physiological effects, and it results in more emergency room patients than every other illegal drug in our country. The narcotic can be harmful to the brain, heart, lungs, and kidneys and can even be the cause of sudden death (WebMD).
Risk factors of teenage cocaine use
There are many risk factors for teenage substance abuse that can range from genetics to mental or emotional illness. The best way for a parent or guardian to help a teenager who is using cocaine is to understand the risk factors and help their children avoid the drug as much as possible. Here are some situations to consider that could put the teen at a higher risk for cocaine use or addiction:
- Family history of drug abuse
- Low self-esteem
- Peer pressure
- Friends who use cocaine
Finding addiction help
Cocaine is a highly-addictive and even deadly drug that can seriously harm teenagers and their bodies may never recover so early detection is important. Understanding the drug and being able to identify signs of use can help save a teenager’s life.
If you suspect that a teenager in your life is using cocaine, there are many resources and ways of getting help. Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Cocaine Anonymous (CA) are two places to turn that can provide cocaine use education and help, or call us for support and guidance on finding the right treatment program for your teen.The most important thing to do is great addiction help as soon as possible.
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