Cocaine

Overdose

An overdose of cocaine can happen to anyone. Even small amounts may cause overdose in some people who have an especially strong reaction to it. When a person overdoses, it may cause:

  • Fast, irregular or weak heartbeat.
  • Breathing problems.
  • Heart failure.
  • Bleeding blood vessels in the brain.
  • Death.

It is important to remember that being intoxicated on any drug or drugs can affect your decision making and can decrease your ability to consent to sex. This can lead to risky sexual behavior such as unprotected sex which may result in you contracting sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis or Chlamydia. You could also be exposed to the increased risk of sexual assault. Such behaviour can have a devastating affect on your future.

Mixing with other drugs:

Cocaine is sometimes used with other drugs to offset the effects. Some people take drugs such as minor tranquilizers, alcohol, marijuana or heroin to help them sleep.

This can make you dependent on several drugs at once, leading to serious physical and psychological problems. Mixing drugs can also make you more likely to overdose.

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