Cocaine addiction makes the user constantly ingest several harmful substances. This does not come without grave side effects. Long-term users of cocaine are often the victim of several diseases which can affect organs and their mental health.
Organs such as the heart and brain are especially affected. Brain hemorrhage is not uncommon and continued use can cause a stroke. Some of the damages on these organs can lead to lasting issues or even death in the worst cases.
Strong depression and suicidal thoughts are also a relevant danger. Many users have the risk of attempting suicide, especially during the gravest crisis. The paranoia and hallucinations caused by the drug can also be triggers for a crisis.
There is a strong consensus that overdose is the biggest risk of using cocaine. Unfortunately, it may happen anytime that the drug is used, as the main factor for it is the dosage.
Due to this, the risk of abusing on the quantity used increases over time, as the body starts to develop more resistance against the substance and bigger amounts are needed for reaching the same effect.
If someone takes a toxic amount of cocaine at once, the body will “shut down” because of the toxicity. This often leads to convulsions, heart attacks, strokes, and seizures. Obviously, all of these can lead to death if the person is not properly treated.
In case someone is overdosing, the right course of action is to call an ambulance or take the person to a hospital. Only with specific medicine, the overdose can be treated. It is also important to have a medic in order to determine what are the secondary effects of the overdose, such as a heart attack, in order to treat them as quickly as possible.