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Cocaine linked to 3% of sudden deaths

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A new study has reiterated the dangers of cocaine, with the drug causing up to 3% of sudden deaths

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The research, published in the European Heart Journal, led The British Heart Foundation to remind people of the risks involved in using cocaine.

The charity said that cocaine carries deadly consequences and can have devastating effects on users.

Although the data comes from south-west Spain, researchers said the results should apply to Europe in general.

Fotini Rozakeas of the British Heart Foundation said: “The reality is that there are risks every time you use it.

“Cocaine can have devastating effects on the user including heart attacks, life-threatening heart rhythms, strokes and even sudden death.

“The potential deadly consequences from cocaine use can happen to anyone who takes it, even in previously young healthy people with no history of heart disease.”

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