Preventing Cocaine Overdose

The annual rate of fatalities resulting from cocaine overdose is quite high. In many cities the rate of drug overdose fatalities is higher than the homicide rate. Because cocaine is used illegally, it is manufactured and administered outside medical parameters. This increases the chances for an overdose, as do cravings for the high the drug provides. Users will increase the amount of cocaine they use, as bodies adjust to the presence of the drug and original doses become less effective. An intravenous overdose is more likely to cause death, but sniffing or snorting cocaine can also cause serious or fatal overdoses.

The Effects of a Cocaine Overdose

The following are signs and effects of cocaine overdose:

  • Extreme restlessness
  • Overly suspicious feelings
  • High anxiety
  • Delusions and paranoia
  • Irregular heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Internal bleeding in the brain
  • Seizures and convulsions
  • Breathing problems
  • Coma or death

How to Prevent Cocaine Overdose

If you are using cocaine, you are risking your health and your life. As your cravings increase, you will become increasingly exposed to the possibility of overdose. Seek rehab and treatment immediately. If someone you know is addicted to cocaine, consider planning an intervention with family and friends. Talk to your loved one about the effects and dangers of an overdose. Unless the cocaine user gets outside help, cocaine addiction and the possibility of a life-threatening overdose will never go away.

What to Do If Someone Overdoses on Cocaine

If someone you know appears to have overdosed, do the following:

  • Act quickly and calmly
  • If the person is conscious, reassure him or her
  • Move to a quiet spot away from sensory stimulation
  • Direct conversation away from paranoid delusions
  • Contact a medical professional, and if there is any sign of heart rate or breathing problems, call 911

Help Preventing Cocaine Overdose and Ending Cocaine Use

If you are using cocaine, get help for yourself and save your life. Call our toll-free 24 hour helpline, and learn how you can get clean and stay clean. It will prevent overdose and can save your life.

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