Module 10: Stimulant Substances

Ch. 2: Cocaine

The focus of this chapter is cocaine. While it is not the most commonly misused of the stimulant substances, its misuse is associated with considerable numbers of persons experiencing serious physical health, mental health, and life problems as a result. Thus, this substance warrants a closer look. The reading selected for this chapter is from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and is simply titled Cocaine (NIDA, 2016).

In this chapter you will read about:

  • what cocaine is and how it is used
  • statistics about the use of cocaine in the United States
  • cocaine’s effects on the brain, short- and long-term effects of use, and how the effects of cocaine are produced
  • risk of communicable diseases with cocaine use (HIV/AIDS and hepatitis)
  • effects of maternal cocaine use

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