Cocaine Use in Adolescents and Young Adults

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Abstract

Cocaine use by adolescents and young adults continues to be a significant public health issue and the cause of medical and psychological morbidity and mortality. Although use rates are lower than those seen with alcohol, tobacco, and other illicit substances such as marijuana, cocaine is highly addictive and presents significant acute and long-term medical and psychological effects. This article reviews the epidemiology of cocaine use among adolescents and young adults, discusses the pharmacology and neurobiology of cocaine use and dependence, provides information regarding acute intoxication and systemic effects seen with more chronic use, and describes current assessment and treatment approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1135-1147
Number of pages13
JournalPediatric Clinics of North America
Volume66
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2019

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Cocaine
Young Adult
Psychology
Cocaine-Related Disorders
Neurobiology
Cannabis
Tobacco
Epidemiology
Public Health
Alcohols
Pharmacology
Morbidity
Mortality
Therapeutics

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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