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First-Ever Cocaine Overdose Treatment in Clinical Trials

Posted on October 27, 2014 in Cocaine

First-Ever Cocaine Overdose Treatment in Clinical TrialsCocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant substance of abuse known for its ability to trigger non-fatal or fatal episodes of drug overdose. Such episodes are particularly difficult to predict and actually occur much more often than overdoses related to the opioid narcotic heroin. In a report published in September 2014, researchers from the University of Kentucky announced their progress on the development of a treatment for cocaine overdose. This treatment relies on modification of the natural chemical activity of an enzyme found in soil inhabited by the coca plant, which drug manufacturers use to make cocaine.

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The Dangers of Crack Cocaine

Posted on August 31, 2014 in Cocaine

The Dangers of Crack CocaineCrack cocaine’s effects are far reaching. Using this drug can destroy your health and eventually kill you. Even using the drug just once in a high concentration can be fatal. A derivative of cocaine, crack is a devastating drug that is highly addictive. Once you start using this substance you will find it difficult to stop. You can get help, though. Professional addiction specialists can help you come clean from your addiction and teach you how to live without substance abuse.

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Novel Compound Halts Cocaine Addiction, Researchers Say

Posted on May 23, 2014 in Cocaine

Novel Compound Halts Cocaine Addiction, Researchers SayCocaine is a stimulant drug with a well-established potential to produce the long-term changes in brain function associated with physical dependence and addiction. Currently, the scientific/medical community has no proven or reliable medication-based option for treating people addicted to this powerful drug. In a study published in April 2014 in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, a team of U.S. and Chinese researchers explored the potential usefulness of a newly developed compound, known only as RO5263397, in helping address the effects of cocaine addiction. The researchers concluded that, in preliminary animal testing, this compound produced clearly beneficial results.

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Using Cocaine and Heroin Greatly Increases Chances of Early Death

Posted on May 2, 2014 in Research & News

Using Cocaine and Heroin Greatly Increases Chances of Early DeathCocaine use in the U.S. appears to be waning slightly. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1.9 million Americans used cocaine in 2008. By 2010 the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that 1.5 million Americans used the drug. Heroin, however, is on the rise. Both substances can lead to fatalities, but just how big is the risk? A recent Spanish study examined mortality rates for those who use cocaine or heroin, finding that users experienced a more than 14-fold increase in death risk.

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Crack Cocaine and Alveolar Hemorrhage

Posted on March 20, 2014 in Cocaine

Alveolar hemorrhage is the medical term for bleeding in the blood vessels associated with the alveoli, tiny sacs within the lungs that pass oxygen into the bloodstream. Each lung contains hundreds of millions of these sacs, which play an absolutely essential role in human health. An alveolar hemorrhage can range in severity from non-significant to life-threatening. People who smoke “crack” cocaine have elevated risks for the onset of this condition; while some users of this drug have no outward symptoms of a lung hemorrhage, others quickly or gradually develop life-threatening degrees of lung damage.

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Coast Guard Efforts Give Cocaine Smugglers the Blues

Posted on March 12, 2014 in Research & News

A recent joint effort between the United States Coast Guard and the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) managed to intercept $37 million worth of cocaine.

On January 28, 2014, a Coast Guard aircraft (HC-144 Ocean Sentry) spotted suspicious movement on open waters south of the Dominican Republic. A 25-foot boat with four passengers was racing through the waves. Aboard the boat, officers spotted packages which attracted their interest. An RFA Wave Knight was in position and from its deck an armed Coast Guard helicopter was launched in pursuit.

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Cocaine Use and Aortic Dissection

Posted on March 5, 2014 in Cocaine

Cocaine Use and Aortic DissectionAortic dissection is an extremely serious, frequently fatal health emergency that occurs when a rupture or tear forms in the inner surface of the aorta, the main artery that sends blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Doctors sometimes also refer to the condition as a dissecting aneurysm. Although aortic dissection is fairly rare in all population groups, people who use cocaine can significantly increase their risks for developing the condition. Crack cocaine users, in particular, bear the brunt of these elevated risks.

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Cocaine and Cannabis Use Leads to Addictive Behavior, Study Finds

Posted on November 27, 2013 in Research & News

Cocaine and Cannabis Use Leads to Addictive Behavior, Study FindsA new study published in the British Journal of Pharmacology investigated the effects of cocaine and cannabis on psychomotor functioning and impulse control, providing evidence that the drugs increase impulsivity and could thereby contribute to the development of addiction.

Previous research looked into these effects in cannabis users and led to the conclusion that impairment of cognitive function in pot smokers was limited to specific regions of functioning and is mainly an issue for occasional users, with heavy smokers assumed to develop a tolerance to the drug’s effects. The new research calls these findings into question, showing that even regular cannabis users suffer impairment in both areas of functioning, although the effect is still greater in occasional users. The study raises important questions about the likelihood of further drug experimentation after cocaine or cannabis use, thus providing a plausible explanation for the “gateway” hypothesis.

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Cocaine Inhalation and Nasal Damage

Posted on May 10, 2013 in Cocaine

Cocaine Inhalation and Nasal DamageUsers of the illegal stimulant cocaine frequently choose to introduce the drug into their systems by inhaling (snorting) it through their nasal passages. When used in this manner, cocaine enters the bloodstream by passing through linings in the nasal interior called mucous membranes. People who inhale cocaine through their noses put themselves at a clear risk for developing forms of nasal damage that include a perforated septum, bleeding, a chronic allergy-like condition called rhinitis, and degradation of the nasal sidewalls that can lead to lifelong facial deformity.

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Does Brain Shape Determine Your Likelihood for Developing an Addiction?

Posted on May 4, 2013 in Research & News

Does Brain Shape Determine Your Likelihood for Developing an Addiction?The use of illegal drugs is an interesting phenomenon in that some individuals quickly develop an addiction, while others can use on a recreational basis without ever developing problems with cravings, withdrawal or other addiction symptoms.

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