By: John Kwiatkowski - Mrs. Cooke - Health - 1st Block
How is cocaine used?
Crack is a form of cocaine that has been processed to make a rock crystal that can be smoked. The crystal is heated to produce vapors that are absorbed into the blood-stream through the lungs. The term “crack” refers to the crackling sound produced by the rock as it is heated.
Short term effects of cocaine...
People who use cocaine also put themselves at risk for contracting HIV, even if they do not share needles or other drug paraphernalia. This is because cocaine intoxication impairs judgment and can lead to risky sexual behavior.
Long term effects of cocaine...
- 90% of those individuals who have used cocaine report having used alcohol or marijuana before trying cocaine.
- 8% of all high school seniors report having used cocaine at least once during their high school years.
- Cocaine use by college students reached a ten-year high in 2006 when over 5% reported having used the drug during their time in school. The low during that period was 2.1% in 1996.
- Cocaine is the 3rd most available drug on college and high school campuses.
- United States is the world’s number one importer and user of cocaine.
- 1.5 million United States residents are believed to use cocaine at least once per month.
- New York and Delaware were the two states with the highest percentage of cocaine treatment admissions to hospitals and rehab facilities.
- Over 600,000 Americans are currently addicted to crack cocaine.