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Cocaine & Other Amphetamines




Cocaine is an amphetamine, most often a powder, that is snorted up the nose, or rubbed onto the gums which is frequently referred to as “snow or blow.”

Cocaine (coke)​, is made from the leaves of the coca plant and is an illegal drug. When processed into a rock crystal, it's called ​freebase cocaine​, ​rock​ or ​crack​.​1

Some amphetamines, like Adderall, are prescribed  legally by doctors to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Other forms of amphetamines, like methamphetamine (meth​ or ​crystal meth​), don’t have medical use and are illegal.​2

Signs someone is misusing:


Someone misusing cocaine or other amphetamines can:

  • seem extremely talkative and alert

  • might eat less

  • might sleep less/may not sleep for days in a row

  • become aggressive or violent

  • experience rapid weight loss

  • have money problems 


Drug paraphernalia that may be found in user's living space:

  • rolled up dollar bills 

  • aluminum foil 

  • small vials 

  • baggies

  • pipes 

What do they do?
Deep Stare

Prescription amphetamines are taken in a pill form. They can be used legally when prescribed by a doctor, and they can be misused, when taken without a prescription or at a higher dosage than prescribed.

When someone with a medical need  takes Adderall as prescribed, the medication has a focusing and calming effect. When someone using for a long period of time, cocaine and amphetamines can cause heart and respiratory problems.

When stimulants are used recreationally, users feel more alert and attentive, have an increased heart rate and blood pressure, increased energy, attentiveness, and sexual arousal at first. When the drugs wear off, the "comedown" can be very severe. Users experience anxiety, irritability, and insomnia.​3

  1. NIDA. ​Cocaine​. June 2016.

  2. NIDA. ​Methamphetamine. December 2012.

  3.  SAMSHA. ​Stimulants​. 2 March 2016

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