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Cocaine is a powerful drug that stimulates the brain. People who use it can form a strong addiction. They may have to use more and more of the drug to get high. It's sold on the street as a fine, white powder. There are two forms of cocaine: hydrochloride salt and freebase. The salt dissolves in water. People can take it in a vein or in the nose. The freebase form can be smoked. Crack is the street name of a smokable form of cocaine. No matter how cocaine is taken, it is dangerous. Some of the most common serious problems include

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Drug Allergy

Allergic reaction is an uncommon and unwanted side effect of medication.

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Medications, prescription drug information, pill identifier and pharmacy locator (24 hr pharmacies) for consumers and medical health professionals.

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Search by name or medical condition for prescription drugs or over the counter ..... Submit. Get drug and supplement information on the go with your iPhone. ...

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U S Food and Drug Administration Home Page

Home Page for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

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Drug Enforcement Administration Home

This is the Home Page of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), a component of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse - The Science of Drug Abuse and ...

The mission of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is to lead the Nation bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.

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Learn how to prevent your child from getting involved with drugs and alcohol. We have the latest information and practical advice to help you keep your ...

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A searchable catalog of FDA approved drug products both prescription and over the counter. The database includes information such as therapeutic equivalents ...

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Drugs: What You Should Know

Lots of people are tempted by the excitement or escape that drugs seem to offer. But learning the facts about drugs can help you see them for what they are ...

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Drug Information
Everyone knows what medicines are for - to make you feel better when you are sick. But many people don't realize that all medicines have risks as well as benefits. The risks of medicines include unwanted side effects or interactions with food or other medicines you may be taking. Some risks are not very serious, like an upset stomach. Others, like liver damage, are more serious. When a medicine's benefits outweigh its known risks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers it safe enough to approve. Both prescription and over-the-counter medicines must be approved before they can be sold in the U.S.

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Drug Abuse
Drug abusers use substances to modify their mood or state of mind, even when doing so causes difficulties at work, school, or with relationships, health, or the law. Substance abuse contributes to many social ills, including crime, accidents, and family violence. For example, substance abuse causes impaired judgment, which may lead to the spread of HIV through needle-sharing and trading sex for drugs. Drug-related problems cost an estimated $160 billion or more annually.

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Drug testing
To detect, quantify, and occasionally monitor drugs that are causing acute overdose symptoms, results from emergency and overdose testing are used primarily for treatment purposes. If results are needed for legal proceedings, then specific legal (forensic) procedures must be followed for sample collection, storage, and testing.

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Drug Safety
In the U.S., the government's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must approve any drug - whether it's prescription or over-the-counter - before it can be sold. The FDA evaluates the safety of a drug by looking at side effects, how it's manufactured, results of animal testing and clinical trials, and more. The FDA also monitors a drug's safety after approval. To make sure you use drugs safely

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Drug misuse
In England, the Misuse of Drugs Act is the main law that covers illegal drugs.

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Drug Allergy
A drug allergy occurs when your immune system reacts to a medication. A number of drugs can cause a drug allergy, including prescription and over-the-counter medications. The most common signs of a drug allergy are hives, rash or fever. You can have an allergic reaction to a drug even if it caused no reaction in the past.

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Drugs of Abuse Testing
To screen for drug use, to monitor someone with a substance abuse problem, or to detect and evaluate a drug overdose

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Drug addiction
Drug addiction is a dependence on a street drug or a medication. When you're addicted, you may not be able to control your drug use and you may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes. Drug addiction can cause an intense craving for the drug. You may want to quit, but most people find they can't do it on their own.

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Drug Overdose
Overdoses of drugs or chemicals can be either accidental or intentional. Drug overdoses occur when a person takes more than the medically recommended dose. However, some people may be more sensitive to certain medications so that the high end of the therapeutic range of a drug may be toxic for them. Illicit drugs, used to get high, may be taken in overdose amounts when a person's metabolism cannot detoxify the drug fast enough to avoid unintended side effects.

Drug dependence
Drug addiction, or dependence, is the compulsive use of a substance, despite its negative or dangerous effects. However, a physical dependence on a substance (needing the drug to function) is not always part of the definition of addiction. Some drugs (for example, certain blood pressure medications) do not cause addiction but they can cause physical dependence. Other drugs cause addiction without leading to physical dependence. Cocaine is an example. Tolerance to a drug (needing a higher dose to attain the same effect) is usually part of addiction. See also: Drug abuse Drug abuse first aid Cocaine intoxication Cocaine withdrawal Opioid intoxication Opioid withdrawal

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Drug - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A drug, broadly speaking, is any substance that, when absorbed into the body of a living organism, alters normal bodily function. There is no single, ...

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