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Can cocaine use ie....
Oct 9, 2006

sharing notes to snort the substance cause you to catch hepatitis? and if so what are the symptoms? thankyou.

Response from Dr. McGovern

Sharing straws for intranasal cocaine has been associated with transmission of HCV - probably from exposure of blood on straws to breaks in nasal mucosa (skin) which leads to blood to blood contact.

Cocaine use in itself can also leads to "ischemic hepatitis". Cocaine constricts blood vessels that provide oxygen to the liver. This can be a very serious condition and there are some case reports of death.

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