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Chesapeake Virginia is a diverse city full of forests, wetlands, farmland, historical sites, and few urban regions. It is also home to a large portion of the Great Dismal Swamp and wildlife refugee. Chesapeake is an independent city located in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. According to the 2010 Census the population is 222,209 which makes it the third largest city in Virginia by population but it is also the second biggest city in Virginia in terms of land mass. Due to the sub tropic climate, close proximity to the ocean, historical background and extensive amount of nature related activities Chesapeake, Virginia is also a very popular tourism spot. A main focus for the city of Chesapeake, Virginia is the preservation of wildlife, forests and wetlands while also trying to accommodate an ever growing population and the increasing demand for new technology and urbanized living. Another problem the city of Chesapeake, Virginia has encountered is the continuous trafficking and abuse of cocaine.
Cocaine use in Chesapeake, Virginia
Drug abuse in the city of Chesapeake, Virginia is no new occurrence but the trafficking and abuse of cocaine has been on the rise recently. Police officials and city government have been taking many steps to stop the trafficking of cocaine into the city and they have experienced some success but it has not completely wiped the problem out. Cocaine of a very high potency is currently widely available on the streets of Chesapeake, Virginia. The increase in cocaine has also led to an increase in violent crimes and gang activity. This is not unusual since distribution and use of drugs and the occurrence of violent crimes usually go hand in hand. The use of cocaine has enticed many residents of Chesapeake, Virginia and it has become popular with younger generations especially college students looking for increased energy to accommodate their busy school schedules. This can have devastating effects on the lives of young people because prolonged cocaine use can cause life long negative health effects and can sometimes lead to death by overdose or cocaine induced heart attacks or strokes.
What is Cocaine and why is it bad for you?
Cocaine is a potent nervous system stimulant derived from the leaves of the coca plant. It is most commonly ingested by crushing it into a powder and “sniffing” or “snorting” it up the nasal passage and into the sinus cavity. Other methods of ingestion include oral ingestion by rubbing it on the gums or tongue, injection into the bloodstream, suppository use, and inhalation. The use of cocaine can effect each individual differently but most commonly the effects include surges of energy, paranoia, obsessive behavior, increase libido and sexual stamina, loss of appetite, sense of euphoria, insomnia, diarrhea, teeth grinding, jaw clenching, alertness, uncontrollable twitching, and increased concentration and endurance. The use of cocaine commonly raises blood pressure and puts many users at risk of heart attack and stroke. When the effects of ingesting cocaine begin to wear off the user experiences a coming down period. The coming down period generally includes feelings of depression, irritability, anxiety, restlessness, anger, desperation, twitching, a flesh crawling sensation and the strong urge to consume cocaine again. Cocaine is highly addictive and many users experience the feeling that they cannot function without the use of cocaine.