Cocaine has many street different street names, such as charlie, chang, percy, coke, toot and crack. It can give a powerful high that can leave you feeling really down.

You’ve probably heard of coke but here are 10 things that you didn’t know about the drug.

1. Possession can get you up to seven years in jail.

2. Alcohol and cocaine together can be particularly dangerous, as they mix together in the body to produce a toxic chemical, called cocaethylene.

3. Snorting cocaine will seriously damage the cartilage in your nose that separates the nostrils; some heavy users have lost the cartilage and end up with just one really big nostril

4. When the effects of any cocaine start to wear off the crash period sometimes lasts  for days afterwards

5. Possession can get you up to seven years in jail

6. It raises the body’s temperature and makes the heart beat faster

7. Allowing other people to use cocaine in your house is illegal. If the police catch people using cocaine they can prosecute person holding the party

8. The effects of crack smoking usually peak for about two minutes and last  for only about 10 minutes

9. A wrap of cocaine powder can be cut with many harmful things, such as sugar or starch, but benzocaine is most common. Benzocaine is a local anaesthetic

10. If the Police catch you with cocaine, they’ll always take some action. This could include a formal caution, arrest and prosecution. A conviction for a drug-related offence could have a serious impact. It can stop you visiting certain countries – for example the United States – and limit the types of jobs you can apply for

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Published: October 2014