What is the association of cocaine toxicity with trauma?

Updated: Sep 01, 2018
  • Author: Lynn Barkley Burnett, MD, EdD, LLB(c); Chief Editor: Sage W Wiener, MD  more...
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Trauma is associated with use of cocaine. Cocaine can cause agitation, paranoia, distractibility, distorted perception, and depression. All of these may increase the likelihood of violence, suicide, or accidental injury. When cocaine is combined with alcohol, the frequency of ED presentations is substantially greater than when cocaine is used alone, and patients are more likely to require intensive care. [29]


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