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Can You Overdose on Coke?

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In 2015, 6,784 people died from overdosing on cocaine. Cocaine (also called coke or crack) can lead to a fatal overdose, especially when combined with opioids. Cocaine is a stimulant drug that is used because it creates a high and leads to a feeling of increased energy and focus. Overdosing on cocaine can lead to the body becoming overactive and may increase heart rate and breathing. It can also create excessive stress on the body, especially the heart. Fatal overdoses of cocaine are typically due to complications of the heart rhythm or breathing.

Cocaine Overdose Symptoms

There are several coke overdose symptoms that may be experienced by someone who uses too much cocaine. These symptoms are mostly caused by the body becoming overactive or by damage that is caused to the lungs from inhaling excessive amounts of cocaine. Some of the symptoms experienced during a cocaine overdose include:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Agitation
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Insomnia
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia
  • Impaired judgment
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Severe sweating
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Palpitations
  • Elevated temperature
  • Blood in the urine
  • Kidney pain
  • Decreased breathing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Death

Is someone has any of these symptoms beyond mild anxiety, they should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Medical intervention may be needed to avoid serious injury or death. Someone who has some of these symptoms and denies using cocaine may have a serious medical condition and should also seek medical attention as soon as possible.

How Much Coke Does it Take to Overdose?

There is no safe amount of cocaine that can be recommended. Filler is used in most cocaine that is sold on the black market, and it is impossible to determine how much cocaine is actually in a certain amount of what is sold. The actual amount of cocaine in the cocaine and filler that is sold may vary between batches, and a safe amount with one batch may be dangerous from another.

An individual’s response to a given amount of cocaine will vary, and what may be safe for one person may not be safe for another. Someone who has used cocaine in the past and stopped may be more likely to overdose when they resume using cocaine, as their body will have built a tolerance for cocaine that will be lost during the period of abstinence.

Dangers of Teen Cocaine Overdose

Teen drug overdose does happen, and teens who are experimenting with cocaine may be more likely to overdose. Teens who are using cocaine for the first time may be at an increased risk, especially if they are using the dose of someone who has developed a tolerance for cocaine as a reference for how much they should use. Teens who use cocaine may be more likely to experience long-term addiction, and the effects of a cocaine overdose on a teen may lead to long-term health problems and an increased likelihood of a shortened lifespan.

How to Stop a Cocaine Overdose

Because cocaine is an illegal drug, those who are with someone who has overdosed on cocaine may be reluctant to seek professional medical attention and may wonder how to treat a cocaine overdose on their own.

Cocaine overdose treatment by someone other than a medical professional is very dangerous, and the equipment and resources of a hospital are needed to provide the best chance of recovery possible. Hospitals and medical professionals will not typically give away personal information such as a history of drug use except for in a limited set of conditions required by law, such as if the person using cocaine is being investigated for driving while under the influence.

The best way to avoid a cocaine overdose is to stop using cocaine. This will likely require medical treatment or rehab. If your teen is using cocaine and needs treatment for their cocaine addiction, you should seek professional help for them. Next Generation Village has a strong record of helping teens with cocaine addictions to achieve and maintain lasting sobriety. Reach out to one of our understanding team members to learn how your teen can start on their path to recovery today.

Medical Disclaimer: Next Generation Village aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with a substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider.


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