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How Cocaine Rots Your Brain: Using Class A Drug Doubles the Speed You Lose Your Grey Matter

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People who are dependent on cocaine are putting their grey matter at risk, say scientists. A study from the University of Cambridge has found abusing the Class A drug accelerates the brain ageing process.

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Lindsay K (6)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 10:50 am
Anyone who uses these sorts of substances is risking their health - physical and mental, their finances, their relationships, their leisure time, their lives and the well-being of those around them. It's simply not worth it!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 11:04 am
Interestingly enough, coca, the natural leaf from which cocaine is derived, doesn't have these problems. Perhaps if human beings would enjoy nature's gifts without fooling around with them, processing them, or concentrating them; then we would all be much healthier and happier than so many of us are.

Roger G (154)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 4:16 pm
noted thanks !

Jerry B (128)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 9:17 pm
Noted never could understand why people do this, and ruin their lives..thanks Agnes!

Quanta Kiran (67)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 9:50 pm

Harsha Vardhana (56)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 9:56 pm
Drugs - addicted people need proper guidance and support to get out of the compelling habit. Also a tough policy equivalent to anti-terrorism.

Harshita Sharma (137)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 10:04 pm
Thanks for sharing.

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Virginia Esquer (8)
Tuesday April 24, 2012, 10:44 pm
the best rule of thumb here is don't start any of the drugs because there will always will be temptations but is your choice to say yes or no, so you don't finish with all this ailments for the rest of your life, and put your love ones trough this burden.

Shirley S (187)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 12:14 am
WEAK people turn to drugs.

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KS Goh (0)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 6:04 am
Thanks for the article.

Wednesday April 25, 2012, 6:36 am
The taking of Illegal drugs can destroy the hopes and dreams of entire future generations of human beings, and that is no joke!

Kerrie G (116)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 12:34 pm
Noted, thanks.

Fred Krohn (34)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 3:01 pm
Is it the coca itself, or the garbage the black market cuts it with? If we could scrap all current drug policies and put it under AMA supervision, we would actually have trustable data instead of DEA propaganda to work with. The hard drugs like refined cocaine, heroin, amphetamine crystal, and LSD should be legal when supervised in a medical facility; 'milder' drugs like tobacco, cannabis, and alcohol should be legal for personal use but controlled on a 'don't drive while impaired' rule. Then with people using stuff legally under supervision, we'd get better data on what it does instead of having to filter out the toxic cocktails distributed by the scumbag cartels.

Freya H (357)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 6:20 pm
If you use cocaine,
Wave goodbye to your brain.
- Brian Brain, "Fun With Music"

Those lyrics are dead on, eh?

Phyllis P (237)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 8:15 pm
Thanks for this informative story. Yes, drugs are a dead end street. Take from soneone who knows.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 8:21 pm
Wonder if alcohol is not just as bad?
Drug addicts are people who use drugs against their own best judgement and will.
Yes, they were foolish to start using them but cocaine is IMHO the WORST.
Cocaine's 'addiction' is activated upon the first use and the craving does not let up.
Users only stop when they run out of coke or money.
Calling addicts 'weak' is not understanding the addiction process.
Those who stop using shuld get credit for being 'strong', it is very hard to end an addiction.
More people should educate themselves about drugs and addiction.
There are some very interesting facts to learn. One is that heroin does absolutely no physical damage to the human body. These drugs were developed by 'reputable' pharmaceutical companies like Bayer and added to commonly used products like aspirin and Coca Cola.
Marijuana should NEVER have been catagorized along with Heroin and Cocaine is recognized by the American government as "less harmful" than marijuana, an obviously uneducated decision.
Drug addiction is not cured by prisons, it should be treated as the medical condition it is - like alcoholism.
Prison only keeps the illegal drug prices high which keeps the drug dealers in business.
"Getting tough" has been proven to be the wrong direction.
We need to end the failed 'Drug War' and start helping those addicted rather than calling them names and victimizing them through our corrupt court systems.
Bullies call people names, beat them up, hold them against their will and steal their possessions.
That is a pretty good description of what drug enforcement promotes and does to people who are already the victims of drug dealers. It does not wor, never has and eves to destroy individuals and their families rather than helping them. I dare all the tough talkers to take responsibility for their actions and change the ay they approach the problem. America's present approach doesn't help anybody, it only serves to enrich those employed by the 'for profit' legal system. It is the ultimate insult for police to describe their enforcement actions as 'help'. It is criminal and unconstitutional for the courts to coerce people into Christian programs, yet the government is doing this. Time for all the name-calling and smart remarks to end, time for a new approach with expectations for good results when helping our fellow citizens regain their sanity and health. Being 'tough' and destroying the weak (and their families) is not the sign of good people, it is the sign of a bunch of bullies. The present laws do more harm than good. Time for us to act like adults if we are going to expect addicts to also take responsibility.

Learn, consider and reform rather than continue being a gang of thoughtless, uncaring bullies.

"A prohibition law strikes a blow at
the very principles upon which our
government was founded."
- Abraham Lincoln

Robert Hardy (68)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 9:32 pm
I would guess that is the least of their problems. Odds are they won't get old anyway.

Gloria Morotti (14)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 10:30 pm
Why are we not surprised.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 25, 2012, 10:53 pm
One other fact, cocaine is a Class II (Class B) narcotic, not a "Class A"
The government classifies it this way because it has medical uses.

paul m (93)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 12:38 am

Good Information....Thanks....

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 12:50 am
Thanks for the article.

Ancil S (175)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 12:11 pm
These drugs are so wrong.Why mess with them? I want to be able to trust my own senses,and live a long time too!

Fred Krohn (34)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 12:31 pm
Unsupervised use of impure 'hard drugs' is definitely 'wrong'; if we ban prohibition and let the AMA handle the drugs, we'd get supervised use of clean drugs with good information on both positive and negative results, we could expel the cartels, and we could eliminate nearly all the criminal component from the equation. Proper regulation of what remains as a legal rec drug trade would gain us a tax base and reduce overall usage.

Wilde Thange (10)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 3:17 pm
But spending lots of time in wars that do no good and are only promiting multi-national corporations doesn't?

marie C (163)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 5:00 pm
Apparently one on four pot smokers end up on harder drugs.
People pushing to legalize pot are so selfish what about the 25% who will greatly suffer by this.
I guess their need is greater

Lloyd H (46)
Thursday April 26, 2012, 8:46 pm
So what you are saying is that cocaine is only half as effective at making you stupid as being Repug/Tea Bagged.

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Friday April 27, 2012, 11:50 am
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