Cocaine Addiction Information
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manFor decades, cocaine has been known as the drug of choice for celebrities, rich people and the other “movers and shakers” of the world.   It’s not generally thought of as a drug for suburban moms, or middle aged professionals.   Yet in the United Kingdom those are exactly the type of people who a new government study has revealed are still partaking of the cocaine that they enjoyed during their wild youths.

In fact, in the United Kingdom there has been an uptick of cocaine use in all age groups, from teenagers all the way up to people in their late fifties. This trend has been coming since the mid-1990s, when a different kind of cocaine became available on the market. This new kind of cocaine was less pure, but also significantly cheaper than the more refined product. A line of this cheaper cocaine could be bought for less than $5.

Cocaine was suddenly able to move away from its traditional crowd of young, hip people who were willing to spend some money on the classy high, and to become accessible to more people. Suddenly the number of middle-aged people doing cocaine doubled. It was an increase of about 190,000 users.   Over all in the United Kingdom, over 810,000 people used cocaine at least once in the year previous to the survey. That’s the highest percentage of the population of any country in Europe.

Because of this new, cheaper cocaine, what’s been happening is that users haven’t been quitting the cocaine habit as they get older. Instead, they’re continuing the patterns of drug usage which they established in their younger years. This means that cocaine has become a multi-generational and well settled habit rather than something that people can experiment with and then quit while they are “young and stupid”.

In fact, the study was done by The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, who warned that cocaine has now become so ensconced in all parts of British society that launching a media campaign against it would actually be more likely to encourage its use at this point.

DANGERS OF COCAINE

The primary physical danger of cheap cocaine is that it’s often impure, and when it’s cut with other substances, the user doesn’t know what he’s ingesting. This is especially problematic with this cheaper cocaine, which has been adulterated further than the expensive product. Dealers use everything from talcum powder to a livestock de-wormer which can shut down the kidneys.

The primary physical danger of expensive cocaine is the exact opposite of the cheap stuff—it’s quite pure. This means that rather than courting the effects of mysterious adulterants, the user is inhaling nearly straight cocaine—the pricier and “classier” the cocaine purchased is, the less “cut” it will be. Side effects of real cocaine consumption include increased heart rate, paranoia, and chance of heart attack, seizure or respiratory failure. If a user has been accustomed to the cheaper cocaine and then splurges for the strong stuff, he or she is inviting disaster with the possibility of overdosing.

After taking cocaine, the come-down from the high brings depression, and intense cravings for more of the drug. Is it any wonder, then, that when not-so-young-anymore cocaine users are faced with the choice of either quitting and facing the aftermath or continuing the relatively cheap habit, they are choosing the latter? At about the price of a latte, cheap recreational cocaine use can seem deceptively harmless and manageable for users.