The perils of cocaine
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  • 1. The Perils of Cocaine PSA
  • 2. The Facts About 2.1 million Americans are regular users of cocaine. In the US, the age group of 18 to 25 have the highest rates of cocaine. Each year, over 400,000 babies are born being addicted to cocaine in the US. It is estimated that about 2,500 people a day try cocaine for the first time.
  • 3. The History Natives of South America had been chewing on the eryrthroxylon coca, or the coca leaf, for years. The natives claimed that it gave them energy, and Spanish sailors who had come thought that it had come from the Devil. However, the coca leaf soon became an item associated with drinking and having a good time, making the product famous.
  • 4. The Forms Cocaine is also known as crack because of the cracking noise it makes when dissolved in water. Cocaine was once used as an anesthetic and in Coca Cola products. Cocaine comes in crushed, pill, dissolved, smoked, or injected form.
  • 5. Short Term Effects Feelings of pleasure Restlessness Aggressiveness Hallucinations Itching Increase in body temperature Increase in heart rate
  • 6. Long Term Effects Addiction Brain Damage Heart Attack Death Tooth Decay Degrades Cartilage Other Serious Diseases
  • 7. Amount of Use The usage of cocaine has gone down in the US since the 1990s. With the world consuming approximately 600 tons of cocaine a year, the US consumes half, while Europe consumes 150 tons, and the rest of the world consume 150 tons as well. The cocaine market is still stable, but has decreased in value.
  • 8. Why You Shouldn’t Use It Cocaine is a very dangerous and highly addictive drug. Sure, it may feel good at first, but it can cause your life to get a lot worse if you are using it to escape from your problems. You should face your problems rather than escaping. And also, there are cooler ways to party.
  • 9. Sources http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/07/ http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/factsheets http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/d http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocaine