The History of Cocaine Use


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Cocaine is a controlled substance classified in:

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1. The recreational use of cocaine was effectively outlawed through:

2. Which of the following is currently the most popularly used form of cocaine?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help you understand the history of cocaine, from prehistoric discovery through its classification as a Schedule II controlled substance. Read on to learn more about why cocaine was once a venerated prescription drug, and how it became one of the most notorious controlled substances in America.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable quiz and worksheet to review aspects of the history of cocaine in depth, including:

  • Cocaine's controlled substance classification
  • The act that outlawed recreational cocaine use
  • The most popular form of cocaine today
  • What type of drug cocaine is
  • What plant cocaine comes from

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as alkaloid, stimulant, and psychoactive drug
  • Making connections - use understanding of the lesson to delineate major events in the timeline of the history of cocaine, like the Harrison Narcotic Act, classification as a Schedule II drug, and the onset of the crack cocaine epidemic
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding coca plants, alkaloids, as well as other aspects of the discovery and production of cocaine

Additional Learning

Learn more about the history of cocaine and the rise and demise of its popularity and casual usage. Review the accompanying lesson plan that covers the following objectives:

  • Explore the differences between pure, crystal, and crack cocaine
  • Discuss the coca plant and its natural habitat
  • Follow the discovery, celebration, and eventual regulation of the drug
  • Learn about the resurgance of the popularity of cocaine in the 1970s
  • Examine the celebrity persona who have lauded cocaine and/or succumbed to it, like Sigmund Freud and Chris Farley
  • Understand how cocaine relates to Coca-Cola, and why some people were called cocaine fiends in the early 1900s