En la conferència vaig presentar la comunicació titulada Bitter sweet. The leap towards cocaine. Una reflexió sobre els resultats obtinguts amb la recerca titulada "El camino hacia la cocaína". Recerca que tenia com a objetius dilucidar el per què la cocaïna desprès d'anys de policonsum es preferida a d'altres estimulants. A continuació trobareu el resum de la comunicació:
Cocaine users prefer this to other stimulant drugs such as MDMA or speed, for several reasons. The most important are:
Cocaine does not alter food consumption or sleep. It allows users to eat and sleep to a greater extent than other stimulants. This means that the lows are less intense, allowing users to perform other activities, suggesting that the consumption of cocaine is compatible with family relationships, work and social commitments. This implies that there is a low risk of difficult situations arising since the consumer is socially- standardized. Only when the use is very heavy is any alarm raised in the users’ social circle.
Many users talk about a love-hate relationship with cocaine, since the pleasurable effects of it have allowed them to experience enjoyable moments and situations, which are full of strong emotions and good memories. However, all of them have experienced unwanted effects produced by cocaine consumption, such as spending beyond their means, anxiety and psychotic effects, among others. Nevertheless, these situations do not have lasting negative consequences unless there are severe problems. But it is, by and large, social responsibilities (getting married, having children, working ...) which make users give up their consumption, or at least lead them to use cocaine only on special occasions .So, we find that young people are taking on the role of parents and continuing to consume cocaine.