Cocaine’s been in the news again this week, but what’s the big deal about coke?

Taking cocaine is associated with good times – feeling confident, talking funny nonsense with your mates and making your nights out last longer.

But what about the bad times? Like when you are feeling paranoid, the next day comedown or the nights when all you can think about is your next line?

Cocaine can make you feel good, but it’s very addictive and it can easily become a habit that controls your life. And it’s not as safe as you may think it is – repeated use can cause agitated behaviour, mood swings, and heart attacks.

It’s also a Class A drug, which means it’s illegal to have, give away or sell. If the police catch you with cocaine, they’ll always take some action. This could include a formal caution, arrest, and prosecution.

Read more about cocaine.