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Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug. For thousands of years, people in South America have chewed and ingested coca leaves (Erythroxylon coca), the source of cocaine, for their stimulant effects. The purified chemical, cocaine hydrochloride, was isolated from the plant more than 100 years ago. In the early 1900s, purified cocaine was the main active ingredient in many tonics and elixirs developed to treat a wide variety of illnesses and was even an ingredient in the early formulations of Coca-Cola®. Before the development of synthetic local anesthetic, surgeons used cocaine to block pain. However, research has since shown that cocaine is a powerfully addictive substance that can alter brain structure and function if used repeatedly.

Learn about cocaine and its addictive properties.

Cocaine

1
What is cocaine?
2
What is the scope of cocaine use in the United States?
3
How is cocaine used?
4
How does cocaine produce its effects?
5
What are some ways that cocaine changes the brain?
6
What are the short-term effects of cocaine use?
7
What are the long-term effects of cocaine use?
8
Why are cocaine users at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS and hepatitis?
9
What are the effects of maternal cocaine use?
10
How is cocaine addiction treated?
11
How is cutting-edge science helping us better understand addiction?
12
Drug Facts: Cocaine
13
References and Further Reading
14
Where can I get further information about cocaine?
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