In order for the cocaine dealer to make higher profits, they almost always dilute the drug (usually known as stepping on it, cutting it or treading on it). There are way too many chemical additives to mention here that are used by drug dealers to cut the cocaine, especially as many drug dealers will use almost anything they can get their hands on for cheap - but to list just a few common less harmful ones - they are: glucose, lactose powder, baby teething powder and antihistamines.
Speed is one of the more common drugs that is mixed with cocaine which causes the user to talk non-stop (and usually a lot of old bollocks as well - better known as 'toilet talk')! They also get what's known as 'cocaine jaw', where they move their jaw from side to side constantly.
Later in another post I will list the dangerous drugs that are also now being commonly used to cut cocaine. After reading what the drug dealers use, cocaine users will need to think twice before ever shoving what they believe to be 'cocaine' up their noses again because dealers are mixing the drug with other very dangerous and harmful drugs such as ketamine (which is a horse tranquilizer)!
In the United States, the average cost for one gram of uncut cocaine is approximately $80 to $100, whereas a single rock (crack cocaine) will typically cost $10 and $25. In the UK, the price for a gram of cocaine is between £40 and £50 (which is cut to death and usually contains as much as 20% actual cocaine with the rest being the 'cut'). Also, the 'wraps' of cocaine that you buy are nearly always under-weight by at least one point of a gram! It truly amazes me why anyone with any sense would part with their money to buy that shite. It's madness!
In 2007, there were approximately 95% of cocaine related court cases of which most were for drug trafficking and almost 12,000 of them were sentenced to jail time. It's strange that for all the corruption that goes on in America, that cocaine is a zero-tolerance crime. Of course, if they happen to be wealthy, or a celebrity of some kind - then the law doesn't apply to the wealthy and judges treat the wealthy with understanding and leniency
Every year in the United States, there are in excess of 400,000 new-borns that are born dependent on cocaine. Apart from an increase of spontaneous abortion - when women use cocaine whilst pregnant the babies are usually born under-weight, prematurely as well as a having a greater chance of suffering from brain damage.
It is said that living wild and dangerously is what taking cocaine is associated to and therefore men are said to be more inclined to use the drug than women but in my experience, I see that the gap between them is decreasing to the point that they are now about the same. I also see that there is no upper age limit either.
Most cocaine users that I have known would not consider for a second going out to socialise without first budgeting for and setting aside the money for their cocaine before finding money for alcohol or anything else.
Cocaine has an effect on guys quicker compared with women but additionally express increased periods of elation as well as extremely bad feelings when coming down as the properties of the drug wears off.
Most users don't realise that the mixture of cocaine together with alcohol turns into coca ethylene and thus causes more fatalities compared with mixing together any other drugs, as the mixture of the two become toxic and have a longer duration impact on the brain. By mixing alcohol and cocaine, a user increases the chance of death by 25 times more! Typically, around 30% to 60% of cocaine users mix alcohol with cocaine. In the US, almost 75% of cocaine users die due to combining these two together.
Fatalities linked to cocaine abuse are about one third, mainly due to the actual effects of the composition and properties of this drug alone. Many cocaine-related deaths are brought about by murder, suicide as well as motor car crashes due to the way the mind is altered by the drug. In America, 31% of trips to the accident and emergency hospital department for reasons related specifically for drugs abuse is for cocaine overdose.
Statistics show that around 10% of individuals that start taking cocaine will surely go on to become major, long-term cocaine addicts.
It's a fact that people that use cocaine are apt to have increased levels associated with anti-social dysfunction, depressive disorders, anxiousness, as well as multiple drug abuse issues compared to the overall population!
Based on research, trace levels of cocaine were found to be present on 4 from every 5 dollar bills that are presently in general circulation. Nevertheless, due to the fact that cocaine hydrochloride is usually ground into fine powder form and can easily contaminate other bills without difficulty, the presence of this substance does not automatically imply the actual bill had been used to snort cocaine.