Whenever people experiment with illegal drugs, you can guarantee that dangerous toxins have been mixed into some batches (at certain points). One of the most powerful nervous system stimulants on the market, cocaine is derived from the leaves of the South American coca plant and is eventually processed into a fine, white powder or crystals (crack) on the black market. However, many cocaine addicts may not fully understand what they are ingesting. After all, cutting cocaine with additional chemicals is much cheaper than selling the full, potent product. In fact, some of these dangerous substances have been designed to mimic the stimulating effects of this drug. Let’s take a closer look at some of the dangerous chemicals that are mixed into cocaine.
Nothing but Filler
If you have suffered from cocaine addiction or have known someone who is suffering from this illness, then you are fully aware that the cocaine sold on the black market isn’t a pure product. Frequently, drug dealers will cut cocaine with dangerous substances that (shockingly) constitute about 80% of the final product. Here are some of the most common cocaine fillers:
- Psychoactive agents that induce dependency
- Pure poisons and toxins that do not trigger dependency
- False white powder the dampens the stimulating effects of the drug
Dangers to the Mind and Body
Here is a closer look at some of the dangerous chemicals that are used to cut cocaine:
- Psychoactive agents: caffeine powder, amphetamines, crystal meth, fentanyl, carfentanil
- Poisons: levamisole (used to expel parasites and not available in the U.S.), strychnine (rat poison), arsenic
- Anesthetics: Novocain (procaine), lidocaine, benzocaine, tetracaine
- Filler materials: quinine, thiamin (Vitamin B1), tyramine (migraine inducer), sodium carbonate, magnesium silicate, magnesium sulfate, salicylamide (painkiller), calcium, magnesium, sodium, aluminum, phosphorus, and zinc (among others)
Based on these details, you can see why some people who start using cocaine can easily develop duel drug addictions (also called cross addictions). Beside the coke, people will be ingesting even more addictive substances (as seen with crystal meth).
Seeking Treatment for Cocaine Addiction and Dependency
Cocaine is one of the deadliest drugs on the planet and destroys lives at a record pace. Still, even the most difficult and painful of drug addiction cases can be resolved with patience, strength, and a little sprinkle of encouragement. If you are interested in seeking help or have a loved one or friend who is suffering from cocaine addiction, get in touch with our representatives at Asana Recovery today. Our team of trained, professional counselors and healthcare experts are prepared to walk you through every step of withdrawal and detox and guide you along the harder path of rehabilitation.
While the road to recovery might not be an easy one to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to speak with one of our representatives about how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.