Plugging Cocaine | Effects & Dangers Of Rectal Cocaine Use

Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS

on December 7, 2022
Fikret Terzic

Written by: Fikret Terzic MD, MS

Plugging cocaine, which is the rectal administration of the drug, causes an intense rush of euphoria, energy, and mental alertness, as well as potential damage to your rectal tissue.

Cocaine is a powerful central nervous system (CNS) stimulant drug with a high potential for abuse.

Cocaine can be used by snorting, smoking, injecting, swallowing, or plugging the drug. Plugging cocaine, also known as “booty bumping” or “boofing” is the process in which cocaine is used via rectal administration.

Those who plug cocaine by inserting the drug into their rectum are participating in a serious form of cocaine abuse. This use of cocaine can lead to serious side effects that can damage your body.

Side Effects Of Plugging Cocaine

Plugging cocaine results in a wide range of side effects, from the general side effects of cocaine to the specific and more serious side effects caused from inserting cocaine into your rectum.

When a person plugs this stimulant drug, they experience the effects of cocaine much more quickly, resulting in a greater feeling of euphoria, mental alertness, and energy. This is due to the rapid release of dopamine.

This rush will typically fade, which is known as the “crash,” or when the person using cocaine has a loss of energy from the side effects experienced. During this phase, a person may feel sluggish or experience extra fatigue.

Short-Term Side Effects

Some of the side effects of cocaine also consist of:

  • irritability
  • restlessness
  • anxiety
  • excitability
  • loss of appetite

Rectal Side Effects

When a person inserts cocaine in their rectum, the rush is felt much more intensely than simply smoking or even snorting the drug. Just as snorting causes damage to the nasal tissue, plugging cocaine can cause damage to the rectal tissue.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), abusing cocaine can result in bowel decay. In addition to this, the tissue damage can lead to bacterial infections.

Cardiovascular Side Effects

Those who abuse cocaine long-term may suffer from cardiovascular events, including:

  • fluctuations in body temperature
  • chest pain
  • high blood pressure
  • fluctuations in heart rate
  • cardiac arrest
  • heart attack

Withdrawal Symptoms

Some of the withdrawal symptoms associated with abruptly stopping cocaine use may include:

  • intense cravings for the drug
  • increased appetite
  • depression
  • fatigue
  • nightmares
  • discomfort

In addition to these potential side effects of plugging cocaine, there are a number of serious dangers to be aware of.

Dangers Of Plugging Cocaine

Plugging cocaine can lead to a number of serious health concerns and adverse effects, including overdose and worsened drug use.

Cocaine Overdose

Those who plug cocaine have an increased risk of overdose due to how quickly the drug enters the system. A person suffering from a cocaine overdose may experience the following symptoms:

  • seizures
  • nausea or vomiting
  • loss of bladder control
  • skin turning blue
  • high blood pressure
  • high body temperature
  • stroke
  • death

Alternative Routes Of Administration

Those who plug cocaine may turn to other forms of drug abuse such as snorting or smoking cocaine. Smoking and snorting cocaine can also increase the side effects and the risk of an overdose.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), snorting may lead to a deviated septum, chronic nosebleeds, and a frequent runny nose, while smoking cocaine can damage the lungs.

Those who choose to inject cocaine may use syringes or needles that are contaminated, leading to hepatitis or HIV. Injecting cocaine can also cause collapsed blood vessels, bacterial infections, and abscesses on the skin.

Each of these forms of substance abuse can create life-threatening health problems.

Cocaine Addiction Treatment

If you or a loved one are struggling with substance use, consider finding a cocaine addiction treatment center in Ohio that provides healthcare professionals who offer medical advice, inpatient and outpatient options, and a number of treatment programs.

At Ohio Recovery Center, we provide multiple treatment options to help best suit your needs on the road to recovery. To learn about our inpatient treatment center, please contact us today.

  1. Drug Enforcement Administration — Cocaine
  2. National Institute on Drug Abuse — How is Cocaine Used?
  3. National Institute on Drug Abuse — What is Cocaine?
  4. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus — Substance Use - Cocaine
  5. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration — Know the Risks of Using Drugs

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

© 2024 Ohio Recovery Center | All Rights Reserved

* This page does not provide medical advice.

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