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St. Louis is the second biggest city in the state of Missouri with a total population of 319,294 according to the 2010 United States Census Report. The city is the 58th largest city by population in the United States. St. Louis is one of the largest centers of Roman Catholicism in the United States. The economy of St. Louis relies on service, manufacturing, and tourism, and the region is home to several major corporations. St. Louis is also home to three professional sports teams, the St. Louis Cardinals baseball, the St. Louis Blues hockey and the St. Louis Rams football team.
Drugs and Crime in the State of Missouri
St. Louis has an extremely high homicide rate, in fact it is higher than the United States national average. CQ Press often ranks the city among the “Most Dangerous” in the county. The high homicide rate coincides with organizations involved in drug trafficking and distribution. Missouri is crossed by several interstate highways, Interstates 44, 64, and 70 from east to west; 35 and 55 from north to south. These highways make for perfect smuggling routes for drug trafficking organizations. Cocaine is a huge problem in Missouri, during 2004, highway law enforcement seized approximately 500 kilograms of cocaine.
Cocaine is a very addictive drug derived from the leaves of the coca plant. It is a powerful stimulant that directly effects the functions of the brain. Street names for cocaine are “Coke”, “Snow”, “C”, “Flake” and “Blow”. Cocaine is most commonly snorted but can be smoked with other drugs or injected. Cocaine produces a euphoric feeling for the user, lasting up to 30 minutes. According to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 36.8 million Americans aged 12 and older had tried cocaine at least once in their lifetimes.
Chronic cocaine users can becomes malnourished because of the appetite suppressing effect of the drug. There are many effects with using Cocaine such as Constricted blood vessels, Dilated pupils, Increased body temperature, Increased heart rate, High Blood pressure, and Irregular Heart beat. Some of which can be life threatening such as Heart Attack, Chest pain, Respiratory failure, Stoke, Seizures and headaches, Abdominal Pain and Nausea.
A tolerance to cocaine may be developed, requiring the user to take a high dose of the drug to receive the same effect as their first use. After a tolerance develops, most become addicted to Cocaine, psychically dependent on the drug. It is not only the drug that they are addicted to but the lifestyle that comes with it, a high pace party lifestyle. In order to over come their addiction many require the help of a Rehab Program.
There is help out there…
St. Louis, Missouri Rehab Programs are here to help you over come your addiction to cocaine. You will enter into the detox process where your body will be cleansed of any drugs. You will be offered non-addictive medications, prescribed and monitored by a Doctor, to lessen the symptoms of withdrawal. You will receive behavioral modification counseling to help you reconstruct your life and live in a world of sobriety. Because Cocaine addiction is more of an psychological rather than physical addiction it is extremely important to join a NA group and attend meeting frequently. The biggest problem cocaine addicts have is random drug cravings, even after years of sobriety. With the help of a 12 step program, friends and family, you will be able to overcome this addiction. Contact a St. Louis, Missouri Rehab Program today and start your recovery.