The coca plants nestled in the Andean regions gave birth to an infamous stimulant that is now the second–most illegally trafficked drug in the world – cocaine. This highly addictive drug became all the rage in the ’80s and ’90s with its inexpensive street price and the speed with which this snowy white substance entered the bloodstream through the lungs. Cocaine has only gained notoriety through the years and leads to a myriad of health and social problems.
This post goes on to bust five myths surrounding the use of cocaine and helps you get your facts straight on this highly potent stimulant.
Myth #1: Cocaine is just a party drug
Cocaine can be medically utilized as a local anesthetic and is classified as a Schedule II substance by the government. It may have shot to fame due to its euphoric and acceleration properties, but its true worth lies in its medicinal use.
The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Inc. goes on to say that cocaine is a valuable anesthetic and vasoconstricting agent. No other drug quite combines anesthetic, and vasoconstricting properties like cocaine does.
Myth #2: It’s not that addictive
Cocaine has short–term accelerated effects that include bursts of energy and euphoria and typically lasts for a short time, depending on the amount and purity of the drug. The short–term duration of the desirable effects wears off, which leads people to use this drug in a binge fashion to maintain that level of euphoric high. This pattern can easily lead to addiction.
Like most opioid addictions, medication with curated behavioral therapies have proven to be quite effective in kicking the addiction to the curb. But fret not! There are Palm Beach treatment center s across the area that can help.
They tackle addictions and reoccurring mental health disorders by using an evidence-based, holistic approach that integrates somatic medicine, psychotherapies, physical therapy, and wellness services.
Myth #3: Cocaine has always been considered harmful
Cocaine was unwittingly used in a plethora of household goods back in the day, with brands like Coca-Cola and famous cough syrups sporting a dash of cocaine in its ingredients table.
This was due to its understudied nature and relatively lax laws and policies governing consumer protection and responsibility. The US government soon stepped in, however, and banned the use of cocaine in commercial products, which halted the nationwide dangerous party, but the drugs found its way to the illegal side of the business and continued to soar in popularity and usage.
Fatal cocaine-related overdoses have been increasing in recent years as more people use the stimulant, and it has become tainted with the powerful opioid, fentanyl. According to federal data, there has been a spike in deaths related to this drug use in recent years.
Myth #4: You can function normally on cocaine
Cocaine–ridden people do not make for good guests or employees. Recent studies and research papers have revealed that cocaine users exhibit less positive social behavior and demeanor. The person’s brain assigns a higher value to cocaine than it does to natural rewards, and thus these users have difficulty in feeling empathy for others. The reward pathways become desensitized, and the user requires more cocaine to achieve a desirable mood, which in turn perpetuates the addiction.
Further reports have shown the link between cocaine use and its effect on a person’s decision-making ability and long–term memory.
Myth #5: The ‘Crack’ baby
The crack baby campaign that was birthed in the ‘80s deemed the children born of cocaine addicts as empty, hollow, and unmanageable children.
Well, it’s time to put this myth to rest.
Consuming cocaine is strongly frowned upon during pregnancy, but it does not have any long-term effect on the development of a child. It can certainly slow fetal growth, but the development of the brain and the body goes on as normal. In reality, poverty is more harmful in its effects on the physical and emotional development of a child than prenatal exposure to cocaine.