Factsheet – Cocaine

Charlie, coke, snow, powder.

What it looks like

Comes as a white powder.

How it’s used

Usually sniffed (snorted up the nose) and sometimes injected.

The Effects

  • Like speed but stronger and doesn’t last as long
  • Feeling alert and confident
  • Feeling sick and breathing problems
  • Feeling edgy, moody, irritable and anxious
  • Loss of appetite
  • Panic attacks
  • Raised body temperature and makes the heart beat fast

The Risks:

  • Tremors
  • Muscle twitching
  • Craving can turn cocaine into an expensive habit
  • Damaged nose membranes and nose bleeds
  • Damaged veins, HIV & Hepatitis ( if its injected)
  • Heart Attack
  • Death if a large amount is taken
  • Accidents due to slower reactions
  • Mixing cocaine with other drugs such as heroin (a speedball) is particularly dangerous

The Law

Cocaine is classified as a Class A drug. Having or using Cocaine can lead to 7 years in prison and/or an unlimited fine. Supplying Cocaine (which includes passing it on to a friend) is punishable by up to life imprisonment and/or an unlimited fine.