Street names: Coke, Charlie, Snow, Blow, White, Bugle, Gold Dust, Lady, Nose Candy, Sniff

 Similar drugs: Ecstasy, Mephedrone

 Drug type: Stimulant


Is Cocaine legal in the UK?

Legal status: Cocaine is a class A drug. That means you could go to prison for seven years for possessing it and for life for dealing it.

What is Cocaine & how do people take it?

 Cocaine is a white powder made from the leaves of the coca plant. You typically snort it, but the powder can also be made into a solution and injected.

 How does cocaine make you feel? - The effects of Cocaine

 How it can make you feel: You can feel more energetic, alert, happy and confident. Cocaine also increases your heart rate and body temperature, suppresses your appetite and makes your eyes more sensitive to light. It makes your pupils dilate too.

 The effects of Cocaine kick in very quickly, but only last for around 20 to 40 minutes.

 The risks: Using cocaine can make you have a fit, stroke or cardiac arrest.

 Regularly snorting cocaine can seriously damage your nasal passage, giving you nosebleeds. It can make you lose weight too.

 The long term effects of Cocaine on your body

 The long term effects of Cocaine can include increased likelihood of experiencing anxiety, paranoia and depression. If you inject it, you could damage your veins or get a disease from a dirty needle.

 The expense (£30 to £50 a gram), lure and addictive properties of cocaine can easily lead you into debt.

 Mixing cocaine with other drugs, particularly alcohol, is very dangerous. This is because cocaine masks the effects of alcohol, meaning you don't feel drunk, so could drink too much and end up with alcohol poisoning.


Cocaine image courtesy of Talk to Frank, Crown Copyright.