Cocaine Harm Reduction

  • It is always a good idea to test your drugs before you take them, as unknown and harmful adulterants could be added (see cocaine’s adulterants). Eztest offers a test kits within Australia.s_5542621176676
    In Australia cocaine’s purity levels are pretty low. As can be seen in the chart purity ranges from an average of 30% to as little as 10% across the nation, compared to the average purity in North America at 56%.
  • It is advisable not to drink alcohol and take cocaine at the same time. When cocaine is mixed with alcohol cocaethylene is formed, this can be harmful as it causes the heart and liver prolonged periods of stress. An increased change of cardio toxicity occurs when mixing cocaine and alcohol. Cardio toxicity is when the heart becomes weaker and cannot pump blood as efficiently.
  • Crashing can occur after some people use cocaine; this includes feeling physically exhausted, being slightly depressed and anxious and having cold like symptoms. Make sure to eat, sleep and drink plenty of water. Feelings of hunger may not be present but it is a good idea to eat anyway to reduce the crash.
  • To reduce nasal damage a straw can be used to snort the cocaine so it does not get trapped in nose hairs. Alternate nostrils and clean out nostrils with water or better yet saline in a spray bottle. Do not share straws as Hepatitis C can be contracted.
  • Too much cocaine can result in an overdose. Symptoms of overdose include hallucinations, stroke, heart attack, high blood pressure, aggressive behaviour and vomiting. In this case emergency services should be contacted immediately.

Resources Used

http://www.choosehelp.com/topics/harm-reduction/36-cocaine-and-crack-harm-reduction-strategies

https://www.crimecommission.gov.au/sites/default/files/iddr-2010-11-cocaine.pdf

https://drugs-forum.com/forum/showwiki.php?title=Cocaethylene

https://www.erowid.org/chemicals/cocaine/cocaine_effects.shtml

http://harmreduction.org/drugs-and-drug-users/drug-tools/c-is-for-cocaine/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiotoxicity

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