Cocaine is an extremely dangerous drug that can cause psychiatric disorders, disease, and death. Indeed, in 2011, cocaine was responsible for 40% of all emergency room visits attributable to the use of illicit substances. Now, researchers are starting to ask: is there a gene that may affect your chances of dying as a result of cocaine use or abuse?
A recent study conducted by researchers at the Ohio State University have answered this question in the affirmative. According to the study, approximately one-third of white people who died from cocaine use had two gene mutations in common. In other words, people with these two gene mutations were found to be eight times as likely to die from cocaine use as people without those mutations.
As cocaine addiction is a progressive disease, the risk of death from cocaine use will only increase the longer the addiction is left untreated. If you are concerned that you or someone you love may be developing an addiction to cocaine, you should speak with a certified addiction treatment specialist at the earliest opportunity.
The Asana Recovery Center offers a supervised detoxification and residential treatment program designed to help those suffering from any stage of substance addiction. Call us at (949) 438-4504 to learn more about our inspiring facilities and find out if your drug and alcohol addiction treatment program is right for you.