The use of cocaine is becoming increasingly popular, especially amongst young women. Cocaine is derived from the coca plant; it is usually snorted through the nose or applied to the gums but it may also be smoked; this form of cocaine is commonly known as crack cocaine. Cocaine is commonly known as Charlie or coke. 

What are the effects of cocaine?

Cocaine is a stimulant so it causes a temporary surge of energy, an increase in circulation and body temperature and a lift in mood, which usually lasts for around half an hour. Cocaine is very addictive so it is very likely that people that use cocaine will develop an addiction further down the line. Long term cocaine abuse can lead to organ failure, heart disease, respiratory illnesses, mental health issues and panic attacks; overdoses can cause death. Much of the cocaine circulating the UK is contaminated with all sorts of other powders and is not at all pure; this further increases the risk of health problems.

Guide to Drug Abuse

Drug Abuse Intro




Drug addiction the implications





Long term effects of drug abuse

Short term effects of drug use


Spotting the signs of drug abuse

Support for people with drug dependencies