Cocaine. Introduction. Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant that directly affects the brain. Pure cocaine was originally extracted from the leaf of the Erythroxylon coca bush, which primarily grew in Peru and Bolivia (NIDA).
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Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant that directly affects the brain.
Pure cocaine was originally extracted from the leaf of the Erythroxylon coca bush, which primarily grew in Peru and Bolivia (NIDA).
Cocaine is abused by three commonly routes of administration, which is snorting, injecting, and smoking.
Whether you snort cocaine smoke it or inject it, cocaine quickly enters the bloodstream and travels to the brain.
Cocaine interferes with the chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) and blocks nor-epinephrine, serotonin, dopamine, and other neurotransmitters from being reabsorbed.
When you sniff or puff cocaine you may be taking up to 0.1 to 0.2 grams of cocaine or 2 to 4 lines.
Orally, it may be around 1.2 grams.
Injected, it will be around 750 to 800 mg.
Cocaine prices vary depending on its purity, the amount you are buying, where you are buying, and with whom you are dealing with.
Generally, a kilo of cocaine costs anywhere from $12,000 to $35,000.
Dealers normally dilute it & sell it at a much higher price, normally from $20 to a high of $100 a gram.
Crack varies from $3 to $50 a piece.
In Columbia cocaine is $2 a gram.
Possession of cocaine is a felony offense in Utah and punishment can range from 0 years to life, in the Utah State Prison (Barnes).
Most minimum sentences range from one year in jail to three years in prison for first-time offenders; and three years to 12 years in prison for second or repeat offenders” (Barnes).
“Cocaine is responsible for more U.S. emergency room visits than any other illegal drug (“Cocaine Use and its Effects”).”
Adults aged 18-25 years have a higher rate of current cocaine use and overall men report higher rates of current cocaine use than women (NSDUH).
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