Cocaine

Cocaine is a short-acting stimulant and takes effect by increasing the amount of neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) such as dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine. Cocaine is produced from the leaves of the coca plant, which is native to South America.

This fact sheet includes:

  • What is Cocaine?
  • How many people use cocaine?
  • What are the effects?
  • What are the risks?
  • Cocaine and the heart