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Cocaine. A man snorts cocaine from a tiny spoon held under the nose. Cocaine is an alkaloid drug obtained from the coca plant Erythroxylum coca. After being absorbed into the bloodstream through the nasal membrane, the drug stimulates the central nervous system, banishing fatigue and producing feelings of exhilaration and energy. Prolonged use leads to anxiety, paranoia and psychological dependency. Damage to the nose may cause a hole to form between the nostrils. Overdose can result in cardiac arrhythmia, seizure and death.
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