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Cocaine

A white powder stimulant that is normally snorted or rubbed into the gums.

Also called:

  • Blow
  • C
  • Chang
  • Charlie
  • Ching
  • Coke
  • Crack
  • Flake
  • Freebase
  • Pebbles
  • Percy
  • Rocks
  • Sniff
  • Snow
  • Stones
  • Toot
  • Wash
  • White

Quick info

How the drug works varies from person to person

How you might feel
Excited, confident and/or anxious, happy, panicky, risk-taking.
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Effects on your body
Faster heart rate, raised body temperature, feel sick and/or want to go to the toilet more.
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How long it takes to work
5 - 30 mins on average.
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How long the effects last
30 mins - 40 mins on average.
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Common risks
Anyone can have a panic attack, heart attack and/or stroke if they take too much cocaine. Regular use can make you feel depressed and run down.
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Help and advice

What to do in an emergency

If you or someone else needs urgent help after taking drugs or drinking, call 999 for an ambulance. Tell the crew everything you know. It could save their life.

What else to do in an emergency