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  • Cocaine is an addictive stimulant drug made from the leaves of the coca plant (Erythroxylon coca) which is native to South America. Cocaine can be snorted through the nose, rubbed into gums, injected into the bloodstream, or smoked.
  • Serious medical complications can occur with cocaine use, including cocaine use disorder and overdose. Also, adulteration of cocaine with highly potent fentanyl and related substances is a major contributor to the rising drug overdose deaths.
  • NIDA supports and conducts research to better understand and address the health and safety effects of cocaine use.

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