How to Tell If Someone is High on Coke

Cocaine, also known as crack cocaine or coke, is a powerful and highly addictive stimulant abused for its euphoric effects. Though it has a history of medical use, cocaine is mostly known for its recreational use and the behaviors it causes users to exhibit. In small and large doses, this drug can be extremely harmful and sometimes fatal if combined with other substances.

How to Tell If Someone is High on Coke
Cocaine is a powerful stimulant drug, frequently abused for its potency and high effects. Native to South America, cocaine is extracted from coca leaves and has since been used for medical purposes as a painkiller and included in the original ingredients for Coca-Cola. The drug is more commonly known for its recreational purposes as a street drug.

Cocaine is affiliated with a number of slang terms on the street. Some of the most common include:

  • Coke
  • Blow
  • Crack
  • Rock
  • Snow
  • “C”
  • Powder
  • Dust
  • Mojo
  • Toot

Coke is most commonly snorted, but it can also be smoked, injected and rubbed into the gums. It typically comes in the form of a fine, white powder often cut with flour, cornstarch, or other drugs to manipulate the potency. Crack cocaine, on the other hand, comes in the form of a hard rock more concentrated than the powder. It is created by dissolving the powder in hot water and baking soda, boiled and then filtered. Crack cocaine is smoked, causing a crackling sound as the rock is heated.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration classifies drugs based on their level of harm, risk of abuse and accepted medical use. The classifications range from Schedule I controlled substances  — drugs having no medical use in the U.S. and high potential for abuse — to Schedule V controlled substances — drugs having little to no potential risk for abuse. Cocaine falls under the Schedule II controlled substances category, indicating there is high risk for abuse and potential for physical and psychological dependence. However, doctors may administered it as an anesthetic for eye, ear and throat surgeries. Other narcotic drugs within this category include morphine, opium and codeine.  

While drug use can sometimes be subtle, coke addicts exhibit some obvious behaviors indicating abuse. Because of the stimulant effects, cocaine users tend to become very happy and full of energy. They can become hyperactive, moving and talking fast without noticing much change. Once the drug wears off, users will begin to crash and their moods may drastically change from happy to depressed or angry. They may grow increasingly irritable until their next fix and exhibit signs of extreme anxiety or paranoia.

Frequent cocaine use affects the sinuses, and may cause a user to exhibit allergy-like symptoms. If they are snorting cocaine, users will have a runny nose and bloodshot eyes. They may even begin to carry eye drops. It is also common for users to have consistent nosebleeds and dilated pupils.

Drug users tend to carry along paraphernalia to be prepared for their next dose at any location. Coke users may have cylindrical devices to snort their drugs, including rolled up dollar bills and plastic straws. Residue from the drug may coat the devices used and the inside of the nose.

Cocaine abuse is one the most dangerous and addictive substances in the United States. Other than dependence, coke can pose a number of health risks including exposure to harmful diseases like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis from sharing needles. Other serious health risks include:

  • Constricted blood vessels
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Accelerated heart rate
  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Increased body temperature
  • Loss of smell
  • Issues swallowing
  • Severe bowel decay
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Auditory hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Malnourishment
  • Overdose
  • Death

If you or someone you know is suffering with coke addiction, don’t wait another day to seek help. The Recovery Village can provide you with medical support and customize treatment plans to help you overcome your addiction. Take the first step today toward a healthier lifestyle and your recovery.

How to Tell If Someone is High on Coke
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