How Much Cocaine Does It Take To Overdose?

Written by Chloe Nicosia

Do you know about cocaine overdose symptoms? Find out more here…

How much cocaine does it take to overdose? That is not an easy question to answer because we first have to determine how much is a toxic amount. To do this we would have to know how pure the cocaine is that the addict is taking. If the addict has used a poor quality of cocaine in the past she may have been able to take a lot of the drug with no problems. However, if she takes a pure quality of cocaine this time, in the same amount as before, she is likely to overdose. Once cocaine reaches a toxic level in the body, it will cause an overdose.

Anyone who is experiencing an overdose on coke will need immediate medical attention to stop the toxic effects of the drug, which can cause damage to vital organs such as the liver, kidneys, heart and other organs. If the addict does not get immediate medical help, the overdose effects can cause lethal complications such as a heart attack, stroke, cerebral hemorrhage, respiratory failure and other life-threatening problems.

Cocaine is a potent stimulant drug that is usually found in the form of a white powder. Pure cocaine is often diluted with other substances like sugar, talcum powder, corn starch, and other drugs such as amphetamines. Most addicts are unaware of the kind of substances that are mixed into the cocaine that they buy on the street. An addict is very often at risk because other toxic ingredients are added to the cocaine. So it is not a question of how much cocaine does it take to overdose, but instead, what other toxic ingredients are in the cocaine and how pure is the cocaine that I am using?

Cocaine addiction can cause many physical and mental problems for an addict, such as:

  • Elevated blood pressure and body temperature.
  • Heart attack and stroke, convulsions.
  • Respiratory failure with complications that can lead to death.
  • Hallucinations, bizarre or violent behavior, psychiatric disorders.
  • Constricted blood vessels, severe respiratory depression, and bleeding.
  • Damage can occur to the lungs, heart, liver, kidneys, and blood vessels of the ears and brain.
  • Central nervous system impairment and hormonal imbalances.
  • Cognitive deterioration, behavioral abnormalities, Parkinson’s disease, psychosis.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, just a small amount of quality cocaine can generate elevated blood pressure, heart arrhythmias and sudden death. There are some addicts who can take larger amounts of the drug without serious side effects, but eventually the drug will catch up with them. Because the potency of cocaine cannot be determined until an addict uses the drug, it has a high risk factor. Some of the cocaine overdose symptoms that an addict can experience include:

  • Paranoia, delusions, hallucinations.
  • Headache, feeling like your head might burst, and your heart will beat out of your chest.
  • A very rapid heart beat, feeling like your heart is beating in your head,
  • Feeling extremely hot and dehydrated and thirst cannot be quenched.

If you are with someone who is experiencing cocaine overdose symptoms, call 911 immediately and let the operator know that your friend is having a cocaine overdose. Accidental overdose deaths are on the rise in the U.S. with opioid drugs leading the way, and accidental cocaine overdose deaths have taken second place. There are currently thousands of accidental cocaine overdose deaths each year in the U.S. and hundreds of thousands of hospital emergency room visits due to complications caused by cocaine. Cocaine is not dose specific and an overdose can occur at anytime, and in any amount, that the drug is taken.

If you are currently using cocaine to get high, get professional help to quit before you overdose on coke. You should get addition help at a drug treatment center that provides a medical detox, plus psychological and behavioral therapy so that you can stop the cycle of cocaine abuse.