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Learn More About Cocaine

Ka whai i te whānuitanga o ngā kōrero mō te Kukarau.

Cocaine, often called coke, crack or snow, is made from the leaves of the coca plant. It is usually a white powder. Crack cocaine is cocaine mixed with other chemicals and turned into crystals.

How it feels

Cocaine make you feel full of energy and wide awake. These good feelings stop after about 15 minutes, and you can start feeling uncomfortable, sad and wanting more. You can also become restless and think people are out to get you.

When you keep using cocaine, the bad feeling will often get worse and can include seeing things that aren’t there, heart problems and no longer being able to have sex.

When you stop using, after a day or so you can get withdrawal symptoms. You may feel angry, sad, very hungry, very tired, not able to sleep well, and wanting to use cocaine again. These feelings can last up to 10 weeks.

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Things to look out for

Cocaine is not easy to get in New Zealand and costs a lot. Sometimes people will try to sell you meth instead of cocaine as it is cheaper and easier to make. When you use cocaine you can quickly crave more. You can end up using more cocaine each time to get the same feelings, and using more often.

Calling for help

A lot of cocaine, or a really strong batch of cocaine, you can overdose. This can kill you.

For help phone the DHB 24 hour local helpline on 0800 800 508.
Call 111 and get help straight away if you, or someone you know has trouble breathing, a racing heart, chest pains, start having seizures, pass out or become very angry or think others are trying to hurt you. This may save your life.

24hr Line

0800 800 508

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0800 543 345

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0800 787 797

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0508 272 834


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