"I was dumbstruck and felt bitterly disappointed. Ricky was my hero and to see him abusing drugs was such a letdown. He was a real role model, I didn't expect that of him."
How drug ruins body and mind
By Dr Hilary Jones, News of the World GP
COCAINE is a powerful nervous system stimulant which produces a rapid feeling of euphoria, excitement and heightened energy levels lasting 15 to 30 minutes.
This is why it is so addictive. In the nose it is transformed into a dilute form of hydrochloric acid which in time erodes the partition between the nostrils as in the cases of celebs Tara Palmer- Tomkinson and Danniella Westbrooke.
Long term use produces wild mood swings ranging from extreme sociability to aggression and intense feelings of paranoia.
Delusions are common and so too is anxiety, panic attacks and compulsive behaviour. Insomnia is almost inevitable. High blood pressure and a fast pulse are common, especially when cocaine is abused with alcohol.
Brain damage follows with loss of nerve cells followed by decline in memory and decision making, leading to personality changes.