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Risks of using cocaine, ecstasy, and amphetamines

Problems and Consequences of Using Cocaine

The acute risks of cocaine use depend on the form, dose and duration of use: the faster the substance is absorbed, the more dangerous it is. This means that if cocaine is smoked or injected, a correspondingly high dose can be associated with immediate danger to life.

When injecting, contaminants and diluents can also cause threatening side effects. Another risk is infection with infectious diseases such as HIV or hepatitis when using syringes together.

Crack smoking also damages the respiratory organs ("crack lungs"). But even sniffling sometimes carries life-threatening risks, especially as a result of overdosing or intolerance.

In the long term, regular cocaine use has massive physical and psychological consequences. There is a weak immune system, severe weight loss and damage to blood vessels, liver, heart and kidneys. Snorting cocaine can lead to chronic nosebleeds and loss of smell and taste due to damage to the lining of the nose. Chronic diseases of the respiratory tract can also occur with the consumption of crack.

The psychological consequences include depression, fear, mistrust, drive and concentration disorders as well as irritability and aggressiveness. Cocaine psychosis can occur, which can be accompanied by delusions and hallucinations. Especially often in the form of a dermatozoal madness (literally: "skin-animals-madness"): the person concerned imagines that insects are crawling under his skin.

In addition, long-term consumers tend to withdraw socially. Coupled with the potential criminal and financial problems, this can lead to a complete loss of meaningful social relationships. In addition, cocaine has the strongest addiction-inducing effect of all known narcotic drugs.

Problems and consequential damage from amphetamine and ecstasy use

A particular risk associated with the consumption of amphetamines and ecstasy is ignorance of the exact composition and possible contamination of the substance bought on the black market.

Often the tablets also contain a mixture of amphetamines and ecstasy. The duration, type and intensity of the effect can become unpredictable. Especially with higher doses, aggression, paranoia and possibly hallucinations can occur immediately after ingestion.

Physical symptoms of amphetamine poisoning include:

  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Fluctuations in blood pressure
  • Sweating or shivering
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle weakness or seizures

Amphetamine users are often very physically active after taking the substance. Your own limits of performance fade into the background. The normal feeling of thirst is absent. Both together can lead to dangerous fluid losses with overheating and circulatory collapse.

After consuming ecstasy, paranoid reactions, eye tremors, muscle twitching, nausea, cramps, dehydration (lack of water in the body) and cardiac arrhythmias can occur.

Long-term consequences of using amphetamines and ecstasy are:

  • The tendency to keep repeating the same activity, such as opening a drawer, and to fixate on certain thoughts
  • Long-term use of ecstasy or amphetamines can lead to word-finding and memory disorders.
  • In the event of overdoses and regular abuse, both psychoses and permanent brain damage can occur. Methamphetamine is considered to be particularly dangerous here. Even with ecstasy, it is now assumed that constant consumption can lead to chronic changes in the brain.
  • Regular consumption of amphetamines or cocaine also threatens progressive physical decline and increasing social isolation.
  • Consuming ecstasy can exacerbate existing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, liver disease, and other conditions.