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C oco Loko, a new product containing chocolate and energy-drink ingredients all ground into a powder, was made to be snorted. Not surprisingly, doctors are warning against using the product —which is not regulated by the U. Snorting appeals to some people because taking medicine through the nose is a fast way to deliver drugs—legal and otherwise—into the bloodstream.

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But the human nose is not deed to snort powder. Snorting powder of any kind can lead to inflammation of the nasal lining, infection in the lungs and blockages of respiratory tracts and nasal airways.

This occurs because powders are particle materials and can often have additional materials mixed in them that cause further deterioration, Lebowitz says. Some drugs can safely delivered through the the nasal passages. Nasal sprays and other inhalation solutions—which are regulated by the FDA —are not as risky to the nose because they contain liquid, which is gentler on the naturally moist nose, Lebowitz says.

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Throughout his career, Lebowitz has seen patients who have snorted illicit drugs, such as cocaine, heroin or prescription medication like Oxycodone or Ritalin. A person who often snorts something like cocaine can get holes in their septum or crusted skin inside their nasal passage, often because of a powdered material that is added to the drug.

Impurities added to cocaine can include powdered laundry detergent, caffeine and laxatives, according to the American Addiction Centers. Destroyed or permanently damaged nasal airways have long-term consequences, because the nose filters air as it goes into the lungs.

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