Coke Nail – Handy Little Built-In Shovel For Snorting Cocaine
The United States, for all its faults and imperfections, is still the international leader in any number of areas. By gross domestic product, the nation’s economy is the largest in the world. It has the most significant, most advanced military of any developed country. The U.S. also drives the global illicit-drug marketplace by being the chief importer and consumer of cocaine in the world.
America’s relationship with cocaine spans more than 40 years and has taken on mythic proportions. It is true in large part because of films like “Cocaine Cowboys” and “Blow.”
However, cocaine use hasn’t declined.
- Generally speaking, it is a substantially longer fingernail than a person’s other fingernails, most often the pinky finger. It scoops up a small amount of the drug for inhalation up through the nose.
According to one source, it becomes the vessel instead of needing an item to snort a line of coke through, i.e., a straw, a rolled-up bill, etcetera.
Having a solitary fingernail that’s longer than the rest of them isn’t always a sign that someone has a cocaine habit. In other words, not all long fingernails are for snorting cocaine.
Some musicians prefer to keep longer fingernails for picking their stringed instruments.
Carrie Fisher, the now-deceased actress, who famously played Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” trilogy movies and who succumbed to a struggle with addiction, died with multiple drugs in her system. Her autopsy confirmed cocaine, and traces of heroin, morphine, methadone, and MDMA were in her system when she died on December 27th, 2017.
She weighed in on her alleged “coke nail” featured in her and Harrison Ford’s photo during his films.
- “I never used my fingernail for drugs,” Fisher claimed in this tweet, “I used dollars or tiny spoons like any other former respectable drug addict.”
However, a Guardian article claims Fisher admitted doing cocaine while co-starring in the classic sci-fi epic “The Empire Strikes Back.”
All that to say that the presence of one long fingernail on a person isn’t the best gauge of whether or not a sign a person might be abusing cocaine:
• Increased energy, the inability to stay still, or even jitteriness while experiencing a cocaine “high.”
• Frequent trips to the restroom or another private place to use the drug
• Sexual arousal combined with the inability to perform sexually
• Excessive teeth grinding, running their tongue across their upper teeth, or rotating the jaw back and forth
• Excessive swallowing etc., as the drug dissolves in the nasal cavity and drips down a user’s throat
• A sense of paranoia
• Swollen, red or scabby nostrils
Of course, snorting cocaine isn’t the only way users ingest the stimulant. Coke can be “cooked” down to liquid form and injected intravenously. It is put in on cigarettes or in marijuana and smoked. Anyone familiar with the ’80s and ’90s crack epidemic also knows that cocaine can also be cut with baking soda and water to form small, chunky rocks that are sold for less than powder cocaine and smoked using a pipe.
- Even a tiny amount of cocaine contaminated with fentanyl is enough to be fatal.
Coming down from cocaine is particularly uncomfortable, both physically and mentally. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), users often experience anxiety, depression, irritability, and insomnia combined with an intense craving for more drugs. It is one of the big reasons the stimulant is so addictive.
As Newsweek reports, cocaine use increased from 2015 to 2016 and was the second cause of overdose deaths in 2014. It is perhaps a lesser-known hallmark of the cocaine subculture.