Cocaine may be a recreational drug for many, but it is a highly potent substance that can trigger addiction, medical emergencies and a number of long-term health problems – some of which are fatal. The physical harm caused by chronic cocaine abuse can continue long after the cessation of use; almost no system in the body is unharmed by use of the drug.
Additionally, cocaine abuse can increase the risk of experiencing arrhythmia, endocarditis, ruptured aorta, cardiomyopathy and heart disease.
In addition, the Journal of Addictive Diseases reports that freebasing crack cocaine can result in respiratory problems including impaired diffusing capacity of the lungs, increased chance of an obstruction to the airway, and an increased experience of symptoms including asthma, chest pains, black sputum and coughing.
Women who are pregnant and their unborn children may be most significantly harmed by long-term cocaine abuse. Babies may be born addicted to cocaine and/or struggle with malnourishment, potentially fatal heart problems, and/or kidney dysplasia.
No use of cocaine is safe. If you are unable to stop abusing cocaine, treatment can help. Learn more about the services that can help you to turn your life around when you contact us at the phone number listed above.