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Drugs Cocaine's effect on the body

Words Can Work offers these facts to underscore the importance of being educated about cocaine.

• At first, cocaine elevates the user's mood, but the effects soon wear off. Then the user's mind and body slide into a depression characterized by a "let down" feeling, dullness, and edginess.1

• Addiction to cocaine can dominate all aspects of an addict's life: it can destroy physical and mental health, drain financial resources, drive away family and friends, and destroy careers. 1

• Cocaine causes the body's blood vessels to become narrow, constricting the flow of blood, forcing the heart to work harder to pump blood through the body.1

• In some people, a single dose of cocaine can produce seizures, heart and respiratory failure, or strokes (ruptured blood vessels in the brain). 1

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