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Chronic, Heavy Cocaine Use Associated With Long-Lasting Impaired Function

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August 3, 1999
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Nih-National Institute On Drug Abuse
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The detrimental effects of heavy cocaine use on an individual's manual dexterity, problem solving, and other critical skills can last for up to a month after the drug was taken, according to a study reported in the Summer issue of The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences.

The detrimental effects of heavy cocaine use on an individual's manual dexterity, problem solving, and other critical skills can last for up to a month after the drug was taken, according to a study reported in the Summer issue of The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. The study, which was conducted by researchers at the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute on Drug Abuse(NIDA) and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, found that heavy cocaine users were outperformed by moderate users and non-users on most tests measuring verbal memory, manual dexterity, and other cognitive skills. Heavy cocaine use was defined as two or more grams a week.


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Nih-National Institute On Drug Abuse. (1999, August 3). Chronic, Heavy Cocaine Use Associated With Long-Lasting Impaired Function. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 24, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/08/990803073334.htm
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