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Can Cocaine Cause Death?

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Yes. Like most drugs, cocaine can be deadly when taken in large doses or when mixed with other substances. Cocaine overdoses can lead to heart problems, strokes, increased body temperature, and convulsions, which if not treated immediately can result in death. Abusing cocaine along with alcohol increases these dangers, including the risk of overdose.

In rare instances, sudden death can occur on the first use of cocaine or unexpectedly soon after.