Crack Cocaine

By: Zachary Zhou

Negative Effects on Body

If you take the STIMULANTS cocaine or crack, YOU PLACE YOUR LIFE UNDER ATTACK, as they have serious negative short and long term effects on the body.


SHORT-TERM

  • Besides the initial euphoria, users often experience depression and anxiety, fatigue, irritability, paranoia, restlessness, and increased alertness.

  • LONG-TERM

    Cocaine increases one's heart rate and blood pressure, which in turn increases chances of having a heart attack; damages the respiratory system; constricts blood vessels in the brain, which can sometimes result in seizures or strokes; constricts blood vessels that supply oxygen to the stomach, causing ulcers; and eventually causes sudden, overwhelming kidney failure through a process called rhabdomyolysis.


    So remember, IF YOU TAKE CRACK, YOU PLACE YOUR LIFE UNDER ATTACK!



    Social Consequences of Use

    1. Effects of cocaine on the family include chronic concern about the addict's behavior and frequent conflicts over his or her cocaine use.


    2. Despite their overwhelming need for money, cocaine users generally lose interest in their careers and get fired.


    3. When the cocaine addict is so preoccupied with drug use, he may withdraw from the family.


    4. As cocaine is a class A drug, users may receive lengthy prison sentences.

    Drug Statistics

    1. In 2009, 4.8 million Americans age 12 and older had abused cocaine in any form and 1.0 million had abused crack at least once in the year prior to being surveyed.


    2. 15,000 Americans die every year due to cocaine use and complications that result.


    3. From 1997 to 2000 cocaine was the most common drug reported in emergency room episodes.


    4. Nearly half of all drug related emergency room visits are due to cocaine abuse.