Some of the signs of possible cocaine use are, nosebleeds, lose of appetite, stealing from loved ones for money, and lying. A cocaine user, once dependant, will experience stomach cramps, increased heart rate and random cold sweats. Some other long-term effects of the use of cocaine are paranoia, irritability, restlessness, auditory hallucinations, mood disturbances and many others. Users may also experience feelings of restlessness, irritability, and anxiety (NIDA). Many people who inhale the drug may suffer from acute respiratory problems including coughing, shortness of breath, and severe chest pains with lung trauma and bleeding.
It is a “downer” or depressant that affects the brain’s pleasure systems and interferes with the brain’s ability to perceive pain and provides profound relaxation and intense euphoria. Heroin can be used in a variety of ways, depending on user preference and the purity of the drug. Heroin can be injected into a vein “mainlining”, injected into a muscle, smoked in a water pipe or standard pipe, mixed in a marijuana joint or regular cigarette, inhaled as smoke through a straw, known as “chasing the dragon,” snorted as powder via the nose. Like most drugs the overwhelming sign of heroin addiction is the repeated need for the drug, usually in larger quantities. The most obvious sign of heroin use is “track marks” which are areas in the skin where blood vessels have been damaged by infection.
In addition, alcohol is cited as the leading cause of cardiomyopathy. Similar to alcohol, CNS depressants cause a person to feel tired. ... ... middle of paper ... ...ny fall in dopamine levels. This would eliminate the spikes of dopamine that made many people addicted to opiates. This idea did not work as people could bite into the capsule and release the whole dose at one point.
It is classified as an amphetamine, which help the body’s system speed up (Drug Fact Sheet). These can look like a pill, or powder, as can cocaine and meth. They are abused by being taken in both ways, and cause the same effect as cocaine, a slower but more focused mind. Amphetamines can increase blood pressure and cause loss of appetite and exhaustion. People that want to stop Adderall cannot because of the feeling that it gives them, and the cravings their bodies get.
The symptoms can sometimes be too hard to handle, so the user resorts to continuing drug use. Addiction still occurs even when people know of adverse health conditions. A person continues to take a drug even though they know it is harming their body. For instance, cocaine causes strokes because it restricts the blood vessels in the brain. It can also cause heart attacks because of increased blood pressure and heart rate.
Prolonged cocaine snorting can result in ulceration of the mucous membranes of the nose and can damage the nasal septum enough to cause it to collapse. The injecting drug user is at risk for transmitting or acquiring HIV infection/AIDS if needles or other injection equipment are shared. Hepatitis is another danger from the use of needles to inject cocaine. Cocaine smokers suffer from acute respiratory problems including coughing, shortness of breath, and severe chest pains with lung trauma and bleeding. In addition, it appears that compulsive cocaine use may develop even more rapidly if the substance is smoked rather than snorted.
Health Hazards • Physical effects. Physical effects of cocaine use include constricted peripheral blood vessels, dilated pupils, and increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Some cocaine users report feelings of restlessness, irritability, and anxiety, both while using and between periods of use. An appreciable tolerance to the high may be developed, and many addicts report that they seek but fail to achieve as much pleasure as they did from their first exposure. • Paranoia and aggression.
(Andersen) Many PCP users are brought to emergency rooms because of PCP's bad psychological effects or because of overdoses. In a hospital they often become violent or suicidal, and are very dangerous to themselves and people around them. At a low dose, physiological effects of PCP include a slight increase in breathing rate and a more pronounced rise in blood pressure and pulse rate. Respiration becomes shallow, and flushing and profuse sweating occur. Numbness of the extremities may also occur.
The effects include constricted peripheral blood vessels, dilated pupils, and increased body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. It’s also said that you will have a feeling of restlessness, irritability, and anxiety (both during use and in between periods). Once addicted, it is difficult to be broken out of the habit and death is very likely a possibility. High doses of cocaine, or just lengthened usage, can trigger paranoia. Smoking crack cocaine increases aggressive behavior.
The short-term effects include constricted blood vessels, dilated pupils, and increased temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Cocaine is a powerfully addictive drug. Once having tried cocaine an individual may have difficulty predicting or controlling the extent to which a person will continue to use the drug. A user can build up a high tolerance to cocaine's high. Some users will increase their dose to intensify and prolong the effects.