Here’s a look at some of the side effects and statistics of Cocaine and Heroin. Some side effects of Cocaine include increased risk of stroke, reduction in attention, lethargy, hoarse voice, soreness of throat, skin pruritis etc whereas the side effects of Heroin include Mouth dryness, warm flushing in skin, drowsy state and weakness of muscles.
The long term side effects of Heroin include pneumonia, decreased function of liver, infection of heart lining and valves, addiction, tolerance dependence and abscesses.
25% of all Americans aged between 26 and 34 have used cocaine at least once in their life time. Over 90% of the individuals using cocaine admitted that they have consumed alcohol or marijuana before trying cocaine.
On the other hand, last year about 91000 individuals aged above 12 years used heroin for the first time. Amongst some recent first time heroin users, aged 12 to 49, the average age was 20.7.
The rate of lifetime heroin use is higher among those in prison and more than 3.8 million people have said that they have tried heroin for atleast once in their life time. Currently over 600000 Americans are addicted to crack cocaine, while only less percentage of individuals smoke the rock form of the drug.