The facts on cocaine

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Teens and drugs: Cocaine

Other names for cocaine

Coke, charlie, gak, C.
Crack (a smokeable form of cocaine): rock wash, stone.

What cocaine looks like and how it's taken

Cocaine: white powder that is snorted up the nose, sometimes dissolved and injected.
Crack: small crystals which are smoked.

The effects of cocaine

A sense of wellbeing and confidence. Effects last roughly 30 minutes. Users are left craving more crack, which has the same effect as cocaine but a more intense and shorter high.

The health risks of cocaine

Cocaine and crack are addictive and leave users feeling tired and depressed for days. Can cause chest pain and heart problems. Heavy use can cause convulsions.

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Legal status of cocaine

Cocaine is a Class A drug.

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