All headers from the song Cocaine by Eric Clapton
“If you wanna hang out you’ve got to take her out, Cocaine.”
Last year, you might have seen a little movie by the name of The Wolf of Wall Street. It grossed over $116 million worldwide. The movie, about real life Jordan Belfort, shows him partying, doing drugs, drinking excessively, having sex, and making money. In one scene he talks about the drugs that he takes and why he takes them:
“On a daily basis I consume enough drugs to sedate Manhattan, Long Island, and Queens for a month. I take Quaaludes 10-15 times a day for my “back pain,” Adderall to stay focused, Xanax to take the edge off, pot to mellow me out, cocaine to wake me back up again, and morphine… Well, because it’s awesome.”
This quote describes what many associate with each of these drugs. More specifically, we’ll focus on the “cocaine to wake me back up again.“
Cocaine is really all around us. When we discuss cocaine, it’s hard not to think of Coca-Cola. Dropping by the local H Mart and you see a coke on the wall. Maybe the idea of coke and cocaine come back together. In fact, the original Coca-Cola did contain cocaine. Coca-Cola was invented after prohibition laws were passed. The original “Coca-Cola” was banned because of the alcohol rather than the cocaine. Staying a step ahead of the law, Coca-Cola was created. While cocaine is obviously no longer a part of Coca-Cola it still contains coca, but the ecgonine alkaloid is removed from it.
“If you got bad news, you wanna kick them blues, Cocaine.”
In Colorado, cocaine is the second most widely used drug, behind marijuana. In Denver alone, cocaine has ranked first for drugs that are detected and seized. Cocaine, also known as Blow, Sniff, White, Snow, Nose Candy, Coke, and mojo, is a deadly drug. Users either snort or inject the drug inducing a short-term euphoria, energy, and talkativeness. Cocaine is popular in the party culture because of these energetic effects. Cocaine is also known as a rich man’s drug, due to it’s high cost and prevalence in the Wall Street arena. In contrast to its current connotation, when cocaine first became popular it was associated with laborers to help them stay awake for working overtime.
Cocaine is becoming a huge problem across the nation, but steps are being taken to reduce this issue. In a recent Denver raid, 36 people were arrested for drugs. In the arrest, three pounds of cocaine were found. For personal use, cocaine is typically measured in grams; therefore, three pounds is obviously a lot, especially to sell.
“When your day is done and you wanna run, Cocaine.”
In Colorado, the law classifies controlled substance under Federal drug schedules. These substances are categorized by their risk of addiction, with schedule 1 being the highest and 5 being the lowest. A schedule I drug is the most dangerous and has no medical, use such as heroin and peyote. Cocaine is categorized as a Schedule II drug because of its high risk of abuse, but still may have some legitimate medical use.
If you are found possessing Cocaine, you will be charged with a class 3 felony for your first offense and a class 2 felony for your second offense. The potential sentence for a 1st offense possession is 4-12 years in prison and fines of $3,000 – 750,000. However, with your 2nd offense you could be serving 8-24 years in prison along with a fine between $5,00 – 1,000,000.
You may be curious as to what potential health benefits leave cocaine as a schedule II drug rather than a schedule I. While we do not promote the use of cocaine for clarity purposes, we want to explain potential health benefits. Cocaine can be used as a topical anesthetic for surgical procedures, specifically in the eye and nose. It can also be used to treat minor skin lacerations. It can also work to help normalize the bowel function. Additionally, it has been proposed to use cocaine with phenylephrine for an eye drop as a test for Parkinson’s disease.
Cocaine had a long history in America, but was eventually banned in 1922 under the Jones-Miler Act. Before that, the government had a label requirement for cocaine and cocaine-containing products through the Food and Drug Act of 1906.
“If you wanna get down, down on the ground, cocaine.”
It is important to remember that cocaine was banned for a reason. While it is still used today, it is incredibly harmful and also incredibly difficult to stop using. In 2012, Cocaine was named the fourth most common cause of death among total alcohol and drug-related deaths.
If you or someone you know is addicted to cocaine, it is crucial to get help. Addicts are known for suffering depression and irritability when they are not using cocaine. It’s also possible that he or she shows a lack of interest in activities that don’t involve cocaine. If you or a friend needs help for a cocaine addiction, please reach out to a recovery center.
If you have recently been charged for cocaine possession, it’s important to get legal help as quickly as possible. Cocaine possession can lead to serious fines and jail time. You want to make sure that you have the best representation possible without fear of being judged or mistreated. Please contact us as quickly as possible if you or someone you know has been charged with cocaine possession and sale.