Cocaine Use in Adolescents and Young Adults

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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
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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