Diving into Narcotics: A Deeper Look at Cocaine Addiction and Treatment Options for Women
As the second most trafficked drug globally, cocaine, otherwise known as coke, has made a major mark in America.
In 2014 alone, approximately 1.5 million Americans aged 12 and up were users. Adults between the ages of 18 to 25 were more likely to use and abuse this narcotic than any other age group. Frequent cocaine abuse leads to addiction and other adverse and complicated health consequences. In 2011, 505,224 of 1.3 million emergency room visits for drug misuse or abuse was due to coke.
Although both men and women are just as likely to try and use the drug, research shows that women are more susceptible to cocaine addiction. Spikes in estrogen levels intensify the drug’s pleasurable properties. Research on cocaine dependence also shows that it affects key-regions of a woman’s brain differently than in a man’s brain.