Cocaine/ Methamphetamines

What Are Methamphetamine and Cocaine?

Methamphetamine and cocaine belong to the broad class of drugs called psychostimulants which also includes amphetamine and methylphenidate. The two drugs are often compared to each other because they produce similar mood-altering effects and have a high potential for abuse and dependence. Methamphetamine is man-made while cocaine is plant-derived.

There is no safe way to use cocaine (other than under medical supervision). Any route of administration can lead to absorption of toxic amounts of cocaine, leading to acute cardiovascular or cerebrovascular emergencies that could result in sudden death.

Mixing alcohol and cocaine is potentially very dangerous because alcohol also elevates blood pressure, increasing risk for heart attack and stroke.

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