Fighting Cocaine overdose in the United Kingdom

Fighting Cocaine overdose in the United Kingdom

This post is about fighting cocaine overdose in the United Kingdom which has become a concern to the authorities. Under this post we will be looking at Overdose signs, treatment and symptoms. Cocaine is a very popular drug in the world and especially UK due to its recreational use. It is a schedule II substance and like all recreational drugs has very negative effects on the body.

Why is Cocaine so addictive ?

Cocaine is highly addictive because it causes feelings of euphoria. The drug makes people highly alert, energetic, social, and hypersensitive to stimuli. Cocaine is a short-lived drug and is one of the reasons why the risk of overdose in cocaine users is so high.

Understanding Cocaine Overdose

Cocaine overdoses occur when someone takes too much of the drug, and their system can’t handle it. When cocaine use reaches toxic levels in the body, extreme reactions occur. In essence, the use of too much cocaine, or of mixing cocaine with another substance, will poison the body. 

Another significant risk with taking cocaine is that cocaine overdoses aren’t solely dictated by the amount of cocaine someone ingests. A person can overdose on cocaine after snorting a few hundred milligrams of the substance, while another person can ingest a few grams of cocaine and not overdose. With cocaine use, the risk of overdose is wildly unpredictable. 

Cocaine potency also varies widely, since the drug is manufactured on the street. Someone can’t know exactly how much cocaine is in the batch they’ve purchased. Cocaine can also be cut or laced with other drugs, like heroin or fentanyl. This increases the risk of overdose in users. The potency of a gram of cocaine from one source can vary significantly from another source of cocaine, which makes it extremely dangerous.

Symptoms of Cocaine Overdose

Cocaine is a stimulant drug that increases central nervous system functions. When someone takes cocaine, they will experience an increase in core body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. In cocaine overdoses, these side effects are extreme. Dissolving cocaine powder in water and injecting the drug increase the risk of overdose. The physical and psychological symptoms of cocaine overdose will vary from one person to the next, but the following signs are common in cocaine overdoses:

  • Hyperthermia
  • Elevated blood pressure and heart rate
  • Changes in respiration
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Tremors
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Paranoia and hallucinations
  • Excited delirium
  • Seizures

Cocaine Overdose Treatment

Untreated, a cocaine overdose can be fatal. If a cocaine overdose is caught early, it is easy to reverse, and users can go on to not experience any permanent effects from the incident. But after an overdose occurs, users must get treatment for substance abuse. Prolonged cocaine abuse increases the chances of a fatal overdose along with permanent damage to the brain and body. 

If someone suspects their friend or family member is overdosing on cocaine, it is critical that they call 911 and not leave the person unattended. Seizures are frequent in cocaine overdoses. If this occurs, it’s important not to hold the person or otherwise restrain them. Instead, position them safely on their side on the floor. Remove any objects that they could hit with their head or limbs. Apply a cold compress to the person’s forehead, side and back of their neck, and at their wrists to reduce body temperature. 

Medical personnel will take the person to the ER, where they will be given a range of medications and intravenous fluids to reverse the effects of the overdose. Depending on the severity of the overdose, the person may need to stay in the hospital for several days before attending rehab.

Are you or a loved one struggling with cocaine addiction? The sooner you get help, the sooner you can heal. Please contact Mission Harbor Behavioral Health today. Representatives are standing by to assist and answer your questions about rehabilitation and therapy.

Cocaine Overdose deaths in the United Kingdom

According to the Office for National Statistics, drug-related deaths across England and Wales have hit their highest levels since records began in 1993.

Last year, 4,859 people died from drug poisoning, with opiates remaining the biggest cause of deaths. Researchers have also seen a sharp rise in cocaine-related fatalities, a trend which began during the pandemic and has continued since.

In total, there were 840 deaths from cocaine use, and while that figure may seem relatively small in comparison to the overall number, it’s the sharp rise that is most concerning, increasing from 708 in 2019 to 770 in 2020.

Cocaine-related deaths are commonly linked to nightlife and partygoers, a part of our lives that was momentarily taken from us during the pandemic, which is why these numbers are somewhat of a surprise. However, according to Mike Trance, chief executive of the Forward Trust, an organisation that helps people break the cycles of addiction, being forced to stay in could be why usage was, and still is, on the rise.

Source: SB Treatment

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