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Crack Cocaine: What It Is and Why It’s Addictive

crack-cocaine

Crack is a form of cocaine that can be smoked or dissolved in water and injected. The body reacts faster and gets a more intense high from this form compared to the powder form, particularly if the drug is injected.

Crack is actually more addictive because the high doesn’t last very long. While more intense, smoking crack cocaine gives a high that only lasts around 5 or 10 minutes as opposed to the 30 minutes or so that snorting will give the user. This means that in order to continue the high, the user will need to smoke even more crack in a short period of time, which obviously increases the amount of toxins in the blood and makes it very easy to overdose on.

Approximately 2% of eighth graders have used crack and the numbers go up as the grades get higher. At the moment, there are about 1.5 million crack addicts in the United States alone, and a large number of those are underage.

Why Teens Use Crack

While marijuana tends to be a social drug, crack is worse because teens turn to it to get away from problems in their life, not realizing that they are actually causing an even bigger problem. The ecstasy provided by the drug provides a momentary release from the daily worries of a high school student. Unfortunately, once the high is gone, users feel depressed and sad, often more so than before using the drug.

Often, crack is introduced by an older friend or family member and once the teen is hooked, they will find their own source of the drug. Boys tend to be more at risk than girls, as well.

The Dangers of Crack Cocaine

Unfortunately, crack is one of the more dangerous drugs available, due to the short lasting high and its addictiveness. Even when the user doesn�t increase the dosage, there is a tendency to develop sensitivities or allergies to this drug which can cause twitching, paranoia, and hallucinations. It also means that it is possible to overdose on crack even if you are taking the same amount as usual.

If the user is injecting crack, there is always the risk of infection at the injection site or contracting HIV or AIDS, among other blood-borne diseases. Most drug addicts don’t think much about this possibility when they are suffering from withdrawal and just want one more hit. This lack of logical thinking also leads to stealing and other crimes to get enough money to buy crack, which, in turn, leads to jail time.

Cocaine often causes breathing problems (especially when smoked) and can lead to convulsions or heart failure, even among first time users. As a powerful narcotic, it can have a devastating effect on the body and addicts usually find it difficult to function properly when they aren’t high. The center of the world to an addict quickly becomes finding the next high and they will generally do just about anything to get it.

How to Tell if a Friend is Using

There are a few signs that someone you know is using crack. If they suddenly need a lot of money on a frequent basis, this could be a sign that they are spending it all on drugs. Crack also causes the user to lose interest in school, friends, and activities that were once important. You may notice that your friend has bloodshot eyes all the time and is acting jittery or paranoid.

When someone is using crack, it can be very difficult to persuade them to get clean, but considering how dangerous this drug is, not quitting could easily mean death.”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”"

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