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Cocaine (powder)

Cocaine (powder)

Cocaine used to be a preserve of the rich due to its expense, but is much more common now. People use it to feel more confident, talkative and alert. Sustained use can lead to nasal cartilage damage, a dangerously elevated heart rate, depression and overdose.

What else is it called?

Coke, charlie, blow

What does it look like?

A fine white powder

What is its legal status?

Class A

How much does it cost?

Around £40 per gram

What equipment do people use to take it?

Rolled up banknotes, razor blades or credit cards for cutting/crushing, mirrors

What about dependence/addiction?

Psychological