While many think about a DUI charge in terms of alcohol abuse, the effects of impaired driving can be attributed to a wider range of illegal drugs as well. Among forms of drug abuse, the use of cocaine has made a dangerous resurgence. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 5.3 million Americans 12-years-old or older admitted to using cocaine in 2008. With any sort of drug, altering the normal chemical composition of the body and brain can produce disastrous results for drivers, causing them to make erratic movements and unsafe decisions while on the road.
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The Effects of Cocaine
While the effects of alcohol and even marijuana are well-known by most Americans, the effects of cocaine may not be as obvious. Cocaine abuse may manifest itself, intentionally or not, in the following ways:
- A sense of euphoria
- A sharp increase in energy
- A rise in heart rate, temperature, and blood pressure
- Possible stroke, seizure, or heart attack
- Possible unexpected death
With such effects possible after even one use, the potential dangers posed by the use of cocaine are clear. By factoring in the pressures and demands of driving, an increase in energy can cause a driver to act impatiently and forgo the rules of the road.
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