Cocaine is classified as a stimulant and produces an intensely euphoric high, which makes it strongly addictive. It is extracted from the leaves of the coca plant, which are generally grown in Bolivia, Peru and Colombia. The majority of the cocaine manufacturing process happens in clandestine labs located deep in the jungle. In these labs the leaves of the coca plant undergo a series of chemical transformations. Cocaine mainly comes in a white, crystalline powder and is often diluted or “cut” with other substances. The most common cutting agents include sugars and local anesthetics. Manufacturers “cut” the cocaine to stretch out the amount of product, which increases profits for dealers. Powdered cocaine is usually snorted or injected into the bloodstream after being dissolved in water. The body’s mucous membranes readily absorb cocaine making these two methods of use the most popular. Cocaine’s stimulant properties can cause devastating side effects when abused, such as cardiac arrhythmia, sudden cardiac arrest, strokes and even death.
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