Common Impurities Found in Cocaine

Cocaine Often Contains Additives

It is fairly rare to find cocaine that is not ‘cut’ with additives. Those who deal cocaine want to make a profit and the more they add to cocaine to increase the quantity, the more product they can sell. The cutting agents used can be extremely dangerous and life-threatening and when you purchase illicit drugs, you never truly know what you are getting.

Cocaine is a stimulant drug that is extracted from the coca plant which is typically found in parts of South America. Since the drug is a Schedule II drug, it has a high risk of dependency and can even be fatal. Cocaine can go by a number of names on the street such as rock, coke, blow, snow, or crack. Cocaine can be snorted, smoked, or rubbed on the gums and the effects of the drug take place almost immediately.

Common Cocaine Impurities

There is a wide range of cocaine substitutes which are added to cocaine that look like pure cocaine in an effort to generate more profit. Since cocaine has the tendency to flow between multiple dealers before it hits the streets, there often no telling what sort of substances the cocaine you buy is cut with.

Some supplemental substances that are frequently adding to cocaine are:

    • Baking Soda
    • Caffeine
    • Boric Acid
    • Laundry Detergent
    • Creatine
    • Laxatives
    • Fentanyl
  • Sugar

The fact of the matter is that cocaine can be cut with any substance, whether it is a food, spice, or subsequent drug, that resembles cocaine and you never truly know what you are purchasing is going to be lethal or cause harm.

What is Crack Cocaine?

Cocaine is the most frequently formed into what is considered crack cocaine. Crack cocaine is made from a concoction of baking soda and ammonia which is then mixed into the cocaine and then processed into a rock-like shape. It can then be smoked once it is heated up.

Crack cocaine is one of the most dangerous drugs on the street and also one of the most dangerous. Since the effects of crack cocaine are short-lived, users often crave another ‘hit’ as soon as the high wears away. This, in turn, increases the risk of an overdose. Crack cocaine also takes a toll on your health, creating complications that can often be irreversible.

Some of the side effects of prolonged crack cocaine drug use are:

    • Respiratory failure
    • Stroke
    • Heart attack
    • Infertility
    • Seizures
  • Paranoia

Treatment Programs and Getting Help

If you or someone close to you is struggling with addiction, there are various treatment programs that can help you make a full recovery.

Some types of treatment programs available are:

    • Medical Detox
    • Inpatient Treatment
    • Outpatient Treatment
    • Psychotherapy
    • Relapse Prevention
  • Behavioral Therapy

When you speak with an addiction specialist, they will advise the best treatment for your unique case. Addiction is a severe disease that will not dissipate on its own. Instead, it will continue to worsen over the course of time, becoming more detrimental to your health, happiness, and wellbeing. It’s time to get the help you need to overcome your addiction.

Sources:

https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/cocaine/what-cocaine

If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.