Nobody sets out to overdose on purpose, unless they have a death wish. Unfortunately overdose often comes with the territory of using drugs. Reported statistics show a daily average of nearly 100 people in the USA expire from drug overdoses. Cocaine is the second most used drug in the USA, behind marijuana, but causes three times more deaths than any other illicit drug.
Food For Thought:
Emergency rooms see 500,000 cocaine users overdose annually;
7,000 of them end up as fatalities.
Unintentional Cocaine Overdose
Did you know that cocaine comes from the coca plant? A psychoactive alkaloid is obtained from the leaves of the plant, and when refined further, the extract is one of the key ingredients in Coca-Cola ®. Cocaine is highly addictive, and therefore much more dangerous when compared to other stimulants that affect the central nervous system. When an overdose happens, it’s because cocaine got into the user’s system too fast for their body to process it, and as a result they’ve gone from zero to sixty.
Common doses of cocaine vary between 10-120 mg. The minimal lethal dose of cocaine is estimated at about 1.2 g, however some individuals with hypersensitivity to cocaine have died from as little as 30 mg. The average dose measures between 10 and 120 mg. Like most addicts, as the addiction develops so does the user’s tolerance levels. Extreme addicts have reported using up to 5 grams of cocaine per day.
Complications of Cocaine Overdose
Overdose typically occurs when a person takes more than the recommended amount of a drug. With cocaine, though, deaths are often accidental, and the result of the physiological effects of cocaine on the body. Mixing drugs with other drugs or alcohol can also lead to overdose as chemical reactions happen inside you; this effect increases if you have pre-existing health issues.
Common Signs of Cocaine Overdose:
- abdominal pain
- cerebral hemorrhage
- death from respiratory failure
- delirium, unconsciousness
- enhanced reflexes
- heart failure
- irregular respiration
- rise in body temperature
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