Dangers of Counterfeit and Street Versions of Cocaine

Cocaine is an illegal drug that has been abused and sold on the black market for decades. While its dangers are well known, cocaine-related deaths and overdose are quite common among both addicts and first time users. If cocaine has been tampered with or counterfeited, the associated risk increases.

What Is Fake or Counterfeit Cocaine?

Counterfeit cocaine is a white or tan powder-like substance that is disguised as cocaine and is usually marketed as bath salts to be sold in convenient stores, gas stations and other specialty shops. The main ingredient in counterfeit cocaine is methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) which acts as a central nervous system stimulant and provides users with a high similar to that of the actual product. Counterfeit cocaine may pose more danger to users than true cocaine, but most believe the counterfeit product to be less harmful because it is not purchased from a street dealer. People may use fake or counterfeit cocaine for the following reasons:

  • Some users are not able to spot “real” cocaine, and a distributor can sell a fake product and increase profits
  • People purchasing fake cocaine may be desperate enough to purchase a fake product that is much easier to obtain than real cocaine

What Are the Dangers of Fake or Counterfeit Cocaine?

MDPV, the active ingredient in counterfeit cocaine, is not approved for medical use in the U.S. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is researching the effects of MDPV, and the chemical has already caused severe states of psychosis and intense panic attacks. When a user is under the influence of fake cocaine, he or she will lose all sense of reality and make poor decisions that may lead to injury, trauma or death. The other major risk of counterfeit cocaine is the ingredient mephedrone which has been linked to poisonings. Immediate effects of counterfeit cocaine may include the following:

  • Severe anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Heart complications
  • Chest pain
  • Migraines
  • Hallucinations
  • Aggressive, hostile and violent behavior
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Disorientation and confusion
  • Suicide
  • Overdose

Why Is Street Cocaine So Dangerous?

Street cocaine is “cut” or diluted by dealers to provide larger profit. Because a person is never certain of the contents in street cocaine, he or she can never be certain of its effects. With a cheaper altered product the drug’s effects become exceedingly dangerous. The consequences of street cocaine include the following:

  • Seizures
  • Racing heart rate
  • Heart attack or heart failure
  • Physical and auditory hallucinations
  • Psychosis
  • Schizophrenic behavior and thoughts
  • Severe depression
  • Suicidal thoughts and actions
  • Stroke
  • Poisoning
  • Overdose
  • Death

Cocaine is a stimulant that is extremely addictive, whether it is counterfeit, cut or in its pure form. The consequences of cocaine use are devastating and can be fatal. Any person who is struggling with cocaine use should find help immediately.

Seeking Help for Cocaine Addiction

If you or someone you love has a problem with cocaine use, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our rehab professionals are dedicated to saving lives from the devastating outcomes of addiction. We are here 24 hours a day to answer any questions or concerns you may have and to discuss the treatment help that will meet your needs. We are ready to offer help, all you have to do is make the call and take it.

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