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Colorado Springs is the second largest city in the state of Colorado with a total population of 426,427 according to the 2010 United States Census, also the 41st most populous city in the US. Colorado Springs is located in South-Central Colorado along Fountain Creek, in the southern portion of the state in El Paso County. Colorado Springs is located near the base of the Southern Rocky Mountains. Colorado Springs was ranked as the No. 1 Best Big City in “Best Places to Live” by Money magazine in 2006. The city is home to several colleges and universities that help to fuel the cities economy along side the military and health system. Although the cities economy is mostly based upon its manufacturing high tech and complex electronic equipment.
Cocaine Abuse in Colorado’s larger cities is turning into Addiction
Cocaine abuse is a growing problem in the state of Colorado and Colorado Springs is no exception. Mexican criminal groups are mostly responsible for the cocaine in Colorado, they smuggle the drugs in by land, air and water. It is then distributed to local gangs and drug dealers throughout the state.They are not picky on who they sell to, any man, woman and child can by their drugs. There are more than 100 crack houses in Colorado. Cocaine has been directly associated with violent crimes, those distributing this highly addictive drug often commit violent crimes to defend their stash and expand their territory, and the addicts often commit crimes such as robbery to fund their drug addiction.
According to ADAD, there were 2,699 admissions for cocaine abuse in 2001, 39 percent of which were powder cocaine abuse and 58 percent were for crack cocaine abuse. Among these cocaine abusers seeking help in 2001, 58.5 percent smoked, 24.9 percent snorted, 12.5 percent injected, and 4.1 percent found multiple ways to administer the drug. There is an increasing number of cocaine-related calls to RMPDC, there were 127 calls to the poison and drug center concerning cocaine in 2001. For some help came to late, there were 126 cocaine-related deaths in 2001 according to DAWN mortality reports.
Cocaine is derived from the leaves of the coca plant and it is a powerful nervous system stimulant. Cocaine is also referred to as coke, powder, snow, yeyo, blow, fine china, and white horse. It is most commonly crushed into a fine white powder and ingested through “snorting” or “sniffing” it up the nasal passage and into the sinus cavity. Cocaine can also be ingested by oral consumption, injection into the bloodstream, through suppository use and as an inhalant.
Cocaine can have unpredictable effects on the user but generally effects include increased energy, obsessive behavior, wakefulness, uncontrollable twitching, loss of appetite, paranoia, alertness, teeth grinding, jaw clenching, sense of euphoria, insomnia, diarrhea, and increased libido and sexual stamina. The use of cocaine can also be very dangerous because it can raise the user’s blood pressure and put them at risk for heart attack and stroke. Cocaine users typically experience a coming down period when the effects of the drug begin to wear off. This coming down period usually includes feelings of irritability, anxiety, aggression, depression, the sensation of one’s flesh crawling and the strong urge to use cocaine again. Cocaine is highly addictive and extremely dangerous.
Chronic use of cocaine can lead to a tolerance, requiring more of the drug to reach the same effects. After a period of time the mind and body become dependent on the drug to feel “normal”, this is addiction. Once addicted it can seem nearly impossible to quit, withdrawal symptoms and cravings can make it painful to quit. They often require the assistance of a rehab program to over come their addiction. An addiction that is never gone, a craving can come on years into sobriety so the addict must always be on gaurd and maintain the proper support system to remain sober.
There is help out there…
Rehab Programs in Colorado Springs, Colorado are here to help you overcome this life consuming addiction. You will receive non-addictive drugs during detox, behavioral modification therapy and medical attention for any health condition you may have as a result of addiction. Do not wait any longer, Rehab Programs in Colorado Springs, Colorado can help you start on the road to recovery.