How To Identify A Cocaine Straw

Coke straws are paraphernalia used to snort cocaine. Cocaine straws may be made of metal or plastic and can be purchased online or made at home.

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Cocaine is an addictive illegal drug that may be smoked, injected, or snorted. Powdered cocaine is typically white or off-white in color and can be snorted using a coke straw.

If you suspect a family member or friend may be abusing drugs, it can be a good idea to know how to identify cocaine paraphernalia.

What Does A Coke Straw Look Like?

A coke straw is a piece of equipment used to snort powdered cocaine through the nostril. It is typically in the form of a plastic or stainless steel metal tube.

While coke straws are small and can be concealed for discreet use, you may easily identify a coke straw if there’s a white powder residue on the tube.

Coke straws may be bought online or made from common household items including hollowed-out ink pens, cut-up plastic straws, or other small cylindrical objects.

How Is A Coke Straw Used?

There are several steps involved with using a coke straw. The first is procuring powdered cocaine from a drug dealer. Powdered coke may be stored in small vials or plastic baggies.

The powdered cocaine is then dosed out onto a small mirror. The substance is then organized into lines of powder to be snorted through the coke straw.

Next, a person will insert the coke straw into one of their nostrils and hold their other nostril shut while snorting the line of cocaine.

People with a cocaine addiction may need to snort multiple lines in order to feel the euphoric “rush” of the drug.

Treatment Options For Cocaine Addiction

Prolonged cocaine abuse can create a range of physical and psychological ailments, including potentially fatal drug overdose.

If you or a loved one are addicted to cocaine, an evidence-based drug rehab program can help you get on the path to sobriety.

Treatment programs for cocaine include:

  • medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for cocaine
  • cocaine detox programs to help manage cocaine withdrawal symptoms
  • group, individual, and family counseling
  • dual diagnosis treatment for co-occurring disorders
  • outpatient or residential treatment programs

Cocaine is extremely addictive, but with the assistance of a qualified healthcare provider, you can learn how to cope with addiction and lead a life free of cocaine use.

Find Addiction Treatment At Bedrock Recovery Center

Call Bedrock Recovery Center today for evidence-based drug rehab services located in Massachusetts. Our team will connect you with an addiction treatment plan to fit your needs.

  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) — Cocaine DrugFacts
  2. U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) — Drug Paraphernalia Fast Facts
  3. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) — Cocaine

Written by Bedrock Recovery Center Editorial Team

© 2024 Bedrock Recovery Center | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

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