Crack Cocaine

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Effects of Crack

Crack cocaine is a freebase form of cocaine that can be smoked. It is said to be the most addictive form of Cocaine, although this has been contested. Crack rocks offer a short but intense high to smokers. Crack causes a short-lived, intense high that is immediately followed by the opposite intense depression, edginess and a craving for more of the drug. People who use it often don’t eat or sleep properly. They can experience greatly increased heart rate, muscle spasms and convulsions. The drug can make people feel paranoid, angry, hostile and anxious, even when they are not high. Regardless of how much of the drug is used or how frequently, crack cocaine increases the risk that the user will experience a heart attack, stroke, seizure or breathing failure, any of which can result in sudden death. Smoking crack further presents a series of health risks. Crack is often mixed with other substances that create toxic fumes when burned. As crack smoke does not remain potent for long, crack pipes are generally very short. This causes cracked and blistered lips, known as “crack lip,” from users having a very hot pipe pressed against their lips.