Crack Cocaine

Crack Cocaine

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    Cocaine and Crack differ in appearance.

    Cocaine is generally found in white powder form, and crack is found in a rock form that is generally white, cream, tan, or light brown. Crack and cocaine also differ in the manner in which they are used. Cocaine is typically snorted, and Crack is typically smoked. When cocaine is injected or smoked, the drug takes effect more quickly, resulting in a more intense but shorter high. When cocaine is snorted, it takes longer to feel its effects but the resulting high lasts longer.

  • How does it work?

    Crack speeds up the delivery of cocaine’s powerful chemical impact. Crack’s impact on brain means users can also experience surges in confidence and energy. 

    Crack is usually smoked. 

    Smoking the drug produces a faster, more intense high than snorting does because it reaches the bloodstream and brain more quickly. However, the effects of smoking cocaine are shorter in duration, lasting only 5 to 10 minutes verses 15 to 30 minutes for  sniffing the powder.

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    Common Names

    Black Rock

    Crack

    Crankenstein

    Dice

    Hard Rock

    Kryptonite

    Poor Man’s Cocaine

    Rock/Rocks

    Sleet

    Sugar Block

  • Crack was developed as a cheaper alternative to cocaine, making it more easily affordable to users. As a less expensive alternative, it became more accessible to those in the lower socioeconomic demographic.

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Side Effects of Crack Cocaine

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    Crack affects everyone differently, based on:

    • Size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken
    • The strength of the drug

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    Crack affects everyone differently, based on:

    • Size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
    • The amount taken
    • The strength of the drug

  • The most common side effects of crack cocaine are:

    The effects of crack can be variable due to the uncertainty of the purity of the cocaine used to manufacture it. This only adds to the seriousness and unpredictability of smoking crack.

    The effects of crack use are similar to cocaine use although often more intense. They include:

    Euphoria

    Heightened alertness

    Dilated pupils

    Decreased appetite

    Increased heart rate

    Intense cravings

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    The most common side effects of crack cocaine are:

    The effects of crack can be variable due to the uncertainty of the purity of the cocaine used to manufacture it. This only adds to the seriousness and unpredictability of smoking crack.

    The effects of crack use are similar to cocaine use although often more intense. They include:

    Euphoria

    Heightened alertness

    Dilated pupils

    Decreased appetite

    Increased heart rate

    Intense cravings

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    Smoking crack causes these effects to take hold more quickly and intensely than cocaine because crack is absorbed through the membranes of the lungs, entering the bloodstream and the brain within 10-15 seconds. As such, the risk of overdosing is extremely high, leading to convulsions, coma, and death.

    Symptoms of crack overdose are rapid heart rate and hyperventilation.

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    Smoking crack causes these effects to take hold more quickly and intensely than cocaine because crack is absorbed through the membranes of the lungs, entering the bloodstream and the brain within 10-15 seconds. As such, the risk of overdosing is extremely high, leading to convulsions, coma, and death.

    Symptoms of crack overdose are rapid heart rate and hyperventilation.

  • Long-term effects:

    Long-term effects of crack use include mood changes, irritability, restlessness, depression, anxiety, paranoia, and hallucinations.

    It is easy to develop a crack or cocaine abuse problem because the drug in both forms is highly addictive. As such, issues with withdrawal often arise.

    Symptoms of withdrawal include:

    Agitation

    Intense cravings

    Depression

    Anxiety

    Nausea

    Extreme fatigue

    Muscle pain

    Suicidal thoughts

    Long-term side effects include:

    Constipation

    Reduced sex drive

    Irregular periods

    Tension and muscle twitches

    Needing to use more to get the same effect

    Dependence on Crack

    Financial, work and social problems

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    Long-term effects:

    Long-term effects of crack use include mood changes, irritability, restlessness, depression, anxiety, paranoia, and hallucinations.

    It is easy to develop a crack or cocaine abuse problem because the drug in both forms is highly addictive. As such, issues with withdrawal often arise.

    Symptoms of withdrawal include:

    Agitation

    Intense cravings

    Depression

    Anxiety

    Nausea

    Extreme fatigue

    Muscle pain

    Suicidal thoughts

    Long-term side effects include:

    Constipation

    Reduced sex drive

    Irregular periods

    Tension and muscle twitches

    Needing to use more to get the same effect

    Dependence on Crack

    Financial, work and social problems

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The effects of taking Crack Cocaine with other drugs including over-the-counter or prescribed medications can be unpredictable and dangerous.