Fitness trackers are all the rage. They help you get fit, and they help you track your progress and improvement. But one group seem to have found another use for fitness trackers. Drug users are using them to measure their heart rate, to see if it’s safe to do more drugs. More specifically, cocaine.
Cocaine blocks the reuptake of Dopamine, Serotonin, and Norepinephrine, hormones normally linked to pleasure. This leads to a higher concentration in the brain, causing improved moods, and euphoria. It’s a stimulant, which means that the heart will be pumping harder, and brain activity will increase.
Reddit user stillinhell posted screenshots of her heart rate after a 24-hour cocaine binge
The average person’s heart rate can be 60 to 100 beats per minute. Under extreme stress, your heart rate can be closer to 170 beats per minute. The heart pumps harder to get more blood in our extremities, such as arms and legs to help with a flight or fight response. I don’t think I need to tell you that keeping the heart pumping at such a high rate is not a good thing.
Should I take the next line?
This is where fitness trackers come in. If someone has a high enough heart rate that taking more cocaine would lead to overstimulation, then they can skip the next line. Think of it like keeping track of your alcohol level to see if you should have that next drink.
At least, that’s the idea. In reality, cardiologists are warning that this gives users a false sense of security. Heart problems generally happen due to increased blood pressure, which fitness trackers do not measure. While, yes, your heart rate does affect your blood pressure, it’s not the only thing that does. Cardiologists are worried that this will lead to people taking more cocaine than their body can actually handle.
I’m not going to go into the morals of doing drugs or not. But if you are, at the very least, make sure you’re not pushing your body to its limits.
Do you know of any more unorthodox uses for gadgets? Let us know in the comments below.