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Cocaethylene likes to spread around the body, creating havoc wherever it goes.
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  • Cocaine use causes problems or contention with my partner or family. People are concerned about you, why not visit www.talktofrank.com and get some help and advice.
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  • Using cocaine interferes with my job. Cocaine is highly addictive, it’s time to get help before you get into trouble at work, lose your job and get into financial difficulties with an expensive habit in tow. Visit our GET SUPPORT page for more details.
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  • I feel depressed, guilt ridden or full of regret after I have used cocaine. Please visit our GET SUPPORT page to find out where you can get some help.
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  • I’ve experienced sinus problems or nosebleeds. Make an appointment with your GP and get checked out, if you’ve only just started to experience these problems then it may be possible to treat them. If you’ve had nosebleeds or sinus problems for a while you may have done some serious damage to the cartilage in your nose, this could lead to a hole in the septum, whistling when you breathe, secretions and crusting.
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  • I’ve experienced chest pains or rapid irregular heartbeats when using cocaine. Make an appointment with you GP and get it checked out, remember they’re not there to judge you and you may be able to nip a potentially dangerous situation in the bud.
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  • I have a compulsion to get cocaine when I haven’t got any. Cocaine is highly addictive, it’s time to get help before you start spending more than you have and getting into debt. Also try the cocacalculator it may help you to realise how much money you’re wasting.
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  • I’ve begun to use cocaine and alcohol on my own. This is a slippery slope with two potentially ‘social’ drugs, please visit our GET SUPPORT page to find out where you can get some help.
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  • I have to use larger amounts of drugs or alcohol to get the same high I once experienced. This should cause you concern and make you realise you need to cut down. Please visit our GET SUPPORT page or www.boltondrugsinfo.co.uk for services you can access.
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  • I’ve tried to quit or cut down my cocaine use and found that I couldn’t. Why not go to our GET SUPPORT page and get some help and advice? It may also help you to visit the forum on this site and ask other people how they have tackled cutting down or quitting.
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  • My friends and family have suggested that I may have a problem. Why not go to our GET SUPPORT page and get some help and advice? Alternatively you can ask us a specific question here and we will reply within 48 hours.
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  • I have stolen drugs or money from friends or family. You are in a dangerous situation and may end up with a criminal record or imprisoned. Try to face up to them and explain your situation, they may be able to help you by making sure that temptation isn’t there in the first place i.e. money and cash cards are kept out of your reach. You should also seek some professional support to help you suppress this urge and beat your habit.
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  • I spend time with people or in places I wouldn’t normally be in to get drugs or use them. You are in a potentially dangerous situation that will alienate your friends and family. You could end up mixing with people who could harm you or get you into trouble with the police, dealers and violent people. You need to get support before you endanger yourself - go to our GET SUPPORT page for more information.
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  • if you get Hep C is there any treatment or are you stuck with it? yes there is treatment for Hep C please visit http://www.britishlivertrust.org.uk/home.aspx they have some really usefull information on there
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  • what is the best way for me to refrain from sniffing cocaine Hi, If you would like to try and reduce or stop your cocaine use, there are number of things you can do. Firstly, you could look at your local agencies, Addiction Dependency Solutions (ADS) are widespread especially in the north west of Britain. You could also do an internet search for your local treatment service. If you ring Frank on 0800 776600 they can tell you what your local treatment agency is. Other things to consider could be think of the benefits of using cocaine and then think of what the disadvantages are such as health, relationships, potential criminal record, employment and money. It may be that you tend to use cocaine on certain days or with certain people and whilst your trying to stop it may be worth changing your routine. If you would like any more information please contact drinking with charlie again. We can also offer a personal reply. Hope this was helpful.
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  • How long does it take to flush 'Cocaethylene' from ones system? Hi. Thank you for your question. cocaine alone can take betwen 3-5 days for the body to clear in terms of being tracable. cocaethylene can take double this time. Cocaethylene is a very toxic substance that is created when cocaine is mixed with Alcohol. this can put the body under significant stress, particularly the liver as this is where cocaethylene is created when cocaine and alcohol meet in the body. using cocaine and alcohol together allows people to drink more, which can put the liver under even more stress. the heart will also be put under a lot of stress, as by being a stimulant, coaine will increase the heart rate, which may lead to heart failure. using cocaethylene may also uincrease the risk of sudden death by up to 18 times. if you do choose to use, please keep yourself safe by using small amounts, not mixing substances. also, do not share tubes and notes for snorting as there is a risk of contracting hepatitis and HIV. Also, if you are out with friends, look after each other, and try to have a 'trip sitter' (someone with you who is not using). Furthermore, as cocaine burns and degrades the nasal passage, gently flush and clean you nose after use, so it has a chance to heal. using cocaine and alcohol may also lead to a loss of sexual inhibitions, so alwyas practice safe sex! please feel free to ask another question. however, if you are concerned by yours or someone elses drug or alcohol use, then you can drop in to se us at Beacon house, 69-73 Manchester rd, Bolton, BL2 1ES for some confidential advice and support, or call us on 01204 55 79 77. alternatively, complete one of our online referral forms on the bolton drink and drugs website and a member of the team will contact you
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  • My boyfriend sometimes takes coke on the weekends. It's not all that often but I'm worried about the effect it could have on him. How can I persuade him to stop completely? He doesn't have a drug problem, and he knows it's not good for him. Your concern is understandable, it can leave you feeling very frustrated as you watch some one you care about take risks with their health. Fortunately help is at hand, for both yourself and your partner. Bolton’s community drug team is based at Beacon House, 69-72 Manchester Road, just facing Orlando Bridge, and here you will be able to access a wide range of services, from help and advice to more practical help around dealing with cravings. Bolton’s integrated drug and alcohol service also provides help and advice available to concerned family members and friends, so even if your partner didn’t want to come along, you could come and get some support for yourself. Beacon House works on a drop in basis, so you don’t need to make an appointment you can come along when ever suits you best, the opening hours are from 8am to 6pm Monday-Wednesday 8am-8pm Thursdays and 8am-6pm on Fridays. If you have any further queries you can call in or call 01204 557977
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  • Ive been taking cocaine and drinking vodka every weekend for 10 years. am i going to Die soon? Hi. Thank you for your question. Taking any substance carries its own risks and taking more than one substance together can increase those risks even more. Taking a stimulant like cocaine increases the heart rate and blood pressure. This can lead to risk of heart attack and strokes. It may also lead to mental health issues, such as psychosis and paranoia. Furthermore, repeated use can damage your nose as cocaine burns away at the inside of the nasal passage. Mixing a stimulant with a depressant drug such as alcohol makes the body work much harder as stimulant drugs speed up the functioning of the body, whereas depressant drugs slows down the functioning of the body. Mixing cocaine and alcohol together often allows people to drink more alcohol as the cocaine reduces how drunk you feel. When cocaine and alcohol are used, this increases the likelihood of a stroke or heart attack even more. Mixing alcohol and cocaine also produces a toxic chemical in the liver called cocaethylene which is not only very toxic but can cause individuals to engage in more risky behaviours such as unsafe sex. It also carries the same risks as using cocaine, such as high blood pressure, increased heart rate and heart attacks. These risks may be increased with prolonged use and despite using both cocaine and alcohol for a long time. Even though you may not have suffered any of these side effects, there is always the potential to experience these effects, and using for a long time may increase these. If you are concerned about yours or someone else’s drug or alcohol use, you can drop in to see the harm reduction team at Beacon house, 69-73 Manchester rd, Bolton BL2 1ES. Alternatively, you can call us on 01204 55 79 77 or use the online referral tool and a member of the team will contact you. All advice and treatment is confidential, and the confidentiality policy will be fully explained to you when you access the service.
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  • I was given cocaine and cider mixed together my arms and hands went numb Thank you for your question. Cocaine is a central nervous system stimulant that can negatively affect the heart and circulatory system. Even minimal use of cocaine constricts blood flow. When blood vessels constrict, the result is an increase in heart rate and blood pressure as your heart tries to supply your body with oxygen, the numbness that can be experienced at the body’s extremities is generally down to the reduced flow of oxygenated blood they are receiving. This should return to normal shortly after stopping the use of cocaine, but if these symptoms persist you should see a doctor. Mixing cocaine with alcohol also creates a new substance in the body called Cocaethylene which while making the effect of the cocaine last longer puts a great deal more strain on the heart and increases the already raised blood pressure, putting the user a far greater risk of heart attack or stroke If you are concerned about yours or someone else’s drug or alcohol use, you can drop in to see the harm reduction team at Beacon house, 69-73 Manchester rd, Bolton BL2 1ES. Alternatively, you can call us on 01204 55 79 77 or use the online referral tool and a member of the team will contact you. All advice and treatment is confidential, and the confidentiality policy will be fully explained to you when you access the service.
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  • The dangers and serious health risks posed, when smoking Crack cocaine and heroin together daily. Thank you for your question. Heroin and crack, as individual substances are very addictive, and using them together can increase the associated issues more. Smoking any substance can lead to respiratory problems, especially when using daily. Looking at each substance individually, heroin is what is known as a depressant drug. This means that it slows down the bodies functioning. Heroin is also an opiate, meaning that it has pain killing properties, both for physical and emotional pain. This is one of the reasons that people who try heroin, go back to it and build up dependency. Heroin is also physically addictive, meaning that users will feel both psychological and physical symptoms when they try to stop using. Once users become dependent, and tolerance builds, you need to use more to achieve the desired effect. It is also easy to overdose from heroin. This is less of an issue when smoking as compared to injecting, but the risks are still there. Crack cocaine is what is known as a stimulant drug, this means that it speeds up the bodies functioning, increasing heart rate, blood pressure etc. Crack has a more acute effect than cocaine powder, meaning that the effects are felt more strongly and more quickly, but the ‘high’ doesn’t last as long. Effects include feeling more alert, increased confidence/talkativeness, paranoia, feeling agitated. Some people who use crack, also engage in repetitive behaviour such as picking the skin repeatedly and also often engage in risky sexual practices. Dependence to this substance can develop very quickly, causing the user to use a lot, repeatedly. Using crack can lead to psychological problems such as psychosis, and paranoia and can make existing mental health issues worse. Using the 2 substances together on a daily basis brings with it a host of issues. The financial cost of using heroin and crack together can be massive, averaging £500 per week. People who use both substances together are also usually more likely to be engaged in criminal activity, more likely to have housing problems and generally live more chaotic lifestyles and are more likely to suffer mental and physical health issues. If you are concerned about yours or someone else’s drug or alcohol use, you can drop in to see the harm reduction team at Beacon house, 69-73 Manchester rd, Bolton BL2 1ES. Alternatively, you can call us on 01204 55 79 77 or use the online referral tool and a member of the team will contact you. All advice and treatment is confidential, and the confidentiality policy will be fully explained to you when you access the service.
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  • my partner went out one night and was drinking new years eve . By new years day she was in hospital with a bad headache . She was diagnose with having Encephalitis can cocaine trigger this. She does not even drink that much.S o can cocaine do this Thank you for your question. Encephalitis, is a fairly uncommon condition that causes an inflammation of the brain. There are several causes of this, such as infections, post infection; where the inflammation can be caused by the immune system fighting the infection and also the immune system trying to fight a non-infectious cause. Treatment varies depending on the type of encephalitis and may include anti-viral medication, steroids and drugs that supress the immune system. As far as I am aware, I have not heard of evidence that links cocaine use directly to encephalitis, however that is not to say that it isn’t possible. Using cocaine and sharing notes/tubes to snort powders with, can leave people exposed to infections and blood borne viruses. Cocaine use, also leaves people feeling ‘run down’ and as a result may be more susceptible to illness. Also, with prolonged use, people may not have the best balance in terms of diet, which can also leave the body susceptible to illness. If you are concerned about yours or someone else’s drug or alcohol use, or you would like more information about substances, you can drop in to see the harm reduction team at Beacon house, 69-73 Manchester rd, Bolton BL2 1ES. Alternatively, you can call us on 01204 55 79 77 or use the online referral tool and a member of the team will contact you. All advice and treatment is confidential, and the confidentiality policy will be fully explained to you when you access the service.
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  • hey guys have a good friend ,takes alot of cocaine ,drinks takes tablets ,recently his skin is turned yellow ,lost alot of weight ,he thinks he fine ,deffo something wrong,let us know cheers Hi. Thanks for your message. it sounds like your friend does have issues with substances, but there may be many reasons he is not accepting it as a problem. you do not specify what tablets he takes, but the dramatic weight loss may be due to illness and or poor diet, related to his use of substances. you say his skin has turned yellow, this could indiacte jaundice, and due to the fact he uses a lot of cocaine and alcohol, this could be due to liver damage. mixing alcohol and coacine together creates a new, very toxic drug in the body called cocaethylene, and this can damage the liver. i would urge you to get your friend to seek some medical advice around these physical symptoms, and If you are concerned about yours or someone else’s drug or alcohol use, you can drop in to see the harm reduction team at Beacon house, 69-73 Manchester rd, Bolton BL2 1ES. Alternatively, you can call us on 01204 55 79 77 or use the online referral tool and a member of the team will contact you. All advice and treatment is confidential, and the confidentiality policy will be fully explained to you when you access the service.
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  • How long does cocaethylene stay in your urine for? Hi, in answer to your question the normal accepted time frame for cocaethylene staying in your urine for 5 days. Cocaethylene is a chemical caused by mixing alcohol, with cocaine. This chemical heightens and prolongs the effect of cocaine which in turn can lead to more drug and alcohol taking which on the whole may be pleasant at the time but we all know has short and long-term negative effects to mood, physical health, finances, job security, relationships and life in general. This substance has a detrimental effect to the heart but also can wreak havoc on the kidneys and liver, creating deadly effects that can hit years after chronic use and abuse of the two drugs together. There is also evidence to suggest that this substance being present in the body causes heightened aggression levels which can lead to violent criminal acts, domestic abuse and motoring offences. If you are concerned about yours or someone else’s drug or alcohol use, you can drop in to see the harm reduction team at Beacon house, 69-73 Manchester Rd, Bolton BL2 1ES. Alternatively, you can call us on 01204 55 79 77 or use the online referral tool and a member of the team will contact you. All advice and treatment is confidential, and the confidentiality policy will be fully explained to you when you access the service.
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  • why does my friend continue to sniff charlie? please help as i believe he is risking his life Thank you for your question. there are many reasons that people take substances, and whilst some maybe generic, there may be reasons quite specific to your friend why they may be using. for some, it may be experimentation,or that they enjoy it as this time. but cocaine is an addictive substance, and it can become difficult to stop after using regularly. some people use it to conteract the effects of alcohol, so that they can drink longer, but this can be dangerous and the 2 substances once in the body, create a third drug called cocaethylene, which is very toxic to the body. Cocaine can also impact on mental health as well, leading to low mood, or sometimes aggressive behaviour when using. you are clearly concerned about your friend and may wish to help them, and you may also feel that you would like some support yourself so If you are concerned about yours or someone else’s drug or alcohol use, you can drop in to see the harm reduction team at Beacon house, 69-73 Manchester rd, Bolton BL2 1ES. Alternatively, you can call us on 01204 55 79 77 or use the online referral tool and a member of the team will contact you. All advice and treatment is confidential, and the confidentiality policy will be fully explained to you when you access the service.
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