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Florida man takes heavy dose of cocaine during traffic stop; dies in jail

Posted on 04-05-2018 Posted in Drug Abuse - 0 Comments

Florida man takes heavy dose of cocaine during traffic stop; dies in jail

A Florida jail inmate lost his life after consuming 7 grams (0.25 ounces) of cocaine during a traffic stop recently. According to the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, the man (identity not revealed) was stopped on the night of Apr. 2, 2018 for a traffic violation and was arrested on charges of driving with a suspended license and drug possession.

The deputies said that during the stop, the man had placed something quickly in his mouth, which at that time could not be determined. However, as soon as the man reached the jail, he was sent for a medical examination and was later placed on a “close watch.”

On the morning of Apr. 3, the man said he was not feeling well and admitted that he had consumed cocaine during the traffic stop. Even though he was immediately transported to a local hospital by the deputies, he could not be saved.

Cocaine abuse deteriorates quality of life

Cocaine is one of the most powerful and addictive stimulants commonly abused by people for its euphoric effects and the ability to boost one’s mood, motivation and energy. Available in powder and liquid form, it can be inhaled or snorted and can also be injected directly into a vein by dissolving in water. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), approximately 16.6 percent American adults above 26 years of age are lifetime users of cocaine.

Since an individual abusing cocaine may not be able to realize his/her growing dependence, it becomes the responsibility of the family members and loved ones to be aware of any symptoms that signify its abuse. Some of the common symptoms to look out for include:

  • Insomnia
  • Weight loss
  • Restlessness
  • Increased heart rate
  • Hyperactivity
  • Altered concentration
  • Increased agitation
  • Nasal congestion
  • Enlarged pupils
  • Headache
  • Seizures

If an individual’s inclination to abuse cocaine remains undiagnosed for long, the person might gradually develop chronic dependence and may face consequences like respiratory issues, nervous system problems, digestive issues, skin infections, allergic reactions, and sometimes even death.

Seek help to attain recovery

It is important for every individual to understand that abusing drugs can lead to many adverse short- and long-term consequences. In the present case, though the investigation is still underway, a family has already lost its loved one. An individual dependent on cocaine can seek immediate assistance from a cocaine rehab to gain sobriety and lead a healthy life again.

A successful treatment plan generally comprises medications and therapies. But before that, an addiction patient needs to undergo a detox program.  Detoxification is the step by step removal of unwanted harmful substances accumulated in the drug user’s body owing to long-term abuse. Undergoing this step helps cleanse the body and ensures the success of treatment.

Sovereign Health of Florida is a trusted treatment center that offers integrated treatment plans for substance abuse and addiction problems and various mental disorders affecting millions of Americans. Our state-of-the-art facilities offer treatment in a safe and secure environment, ensuring long-term recovery. Call at our 24/7 helpline to know more about the cocaine addiction treatment offered at our facilities at Fort Myers and Pompano Beach. You can also chat online with our representative for immediate assistance.

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