Crack

crack makes you wack

Drug classification

Crack is a stimulant, which is a substance that speeds up the physiological or nervous activity in the body. It is a very strong stimulant, but the high only lasts about fifteen minutes.

How it is used

cocaine can be snorted, but crack is most often smoked and you get the largest effects while smoking it

physical effects

long term: severe respiratory problems including coughing, shortness of breath, lung damage and bleeding, damage to the heart, liver and kidneys, sleep deprivation and loss of appetite

short term: Contracted blood vessels, increased rate of breathing, nausea, Increased heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature

psychological effects

long term: Disorientation, apathy, confused exhaustion, Irritability and mood disturbances, Increased frequency of risky behavior, Delirium or psychosis, Severe depression, Tolerance and addiction

short term: Bizarre, erratic, sometimes violent behavior, Hallucinations, hyperexcitability, irritability, Tactile hallucination that creates the illusion of bugs burrowing under the skin, Intense euphoria, Anxiety and paranoia, Depression, Intense drug craving, Panic and psychosis

cost

price changes depending on purity and quantity. Common street prices for one rock are $40 for 1/4 gram, and $10-$25 for 1/10 gram.

how drug enters country/area

crack, as well as cocaine, most often come from Columbia, Peru, and Bolivia but can also come from other areas.

legal status

crack is illegal in all forms. you may not have it in your possesion, manufacture it, trade it, export, or import it.

potential for abuse

crack has a very high potential for abuse which is why there are such major consequences for having it

prevalence

in the year 2000, the first decrease in use occurred. annual prevalence among 12th graders dropped to 5.0% and stayed at that level throughout 2007, before it declined again in 2013 and got down to only 2.6%. Many other people use it as well who are not in high school.

treatment options

treatment for crack usually starts with detoxification, and after the detox step most patients go to a rehab facilitation.