Crack is a form of cocaine that can be smoked and is highly addictive. Many individuals become addicted to it after trying it only once. The use of crack originally started out in the inner cities, but the use of this drug has spread to the suburbs and even rural areas, causing a big spike in crime rates and in medical problems. Crack gained popularity because it is cheaper than the powder form of cocaine because it can be cut with additional ingredients like ammonia or baking powder. It is heated until the powder absorbs the sodium and rocks are formed.
What Does Crack Look Like?
Crack looks like yellowish or grayish rocks, which is why the drug is also called rock on the street. If it is more pure, the color may be white or off white. It also gets its name for the cracking sound it makes when it is heated to high temperatures.
Signs and Symptoms of Crack Abuse
There are some signs which may indicate that someone is abusing crack. One sign can be finding small baggies, vials, or clear packets. Crack is often sold in these items. The user may seem hyper and full of energy and then crash a short time later. Loss of appetite is a common side effect with crack addiction or use. While high the user may not be able to sit still or sleep.
Some common signs of crack abuse:
- Frequent disappearing (to go use)
- Loss of appetite
- Dilated pupils
- Talking more
- Increased heart rate
- Burned lips or fingers
- Restless sleep
The user will feel an intense physical rush as well as an instant mental alertness and a feeling of energy. These effects of crack use only last for a few minutes before the user will start to come down and need more of the drug. If it’s unavailable the user will become irritable because of the physical and mental addiction to the crack. When crack addiction is present, the user may resort to crime or violence and do anything needed to get the drug.
Crack use blocks the pleasure receptors in the central nervous system. Over time, these receptors will not work as effectively as they once did and so it will be hard for the user to feel any levels of happiness.
Health Risks from Crack Abuse
The user may suffer a heart attack or stroke. Long-term crack abuse can cause hallucinations, dangerous weight loss, organ damage or failure, or even death. Inhaling crack is harmful to the lungs and can cause bronchitis, aggravated asthma, lengthy coughs and even lung cancer.
Smoking crack is highly dangerous, and in many cases, there is a high risk of overdose that will often prove fatal.
Crack Abuse Help
If you suspect that someone is abusing crack, call Narconon Fresh Start today at 855-734-2223 to get them help. Crack abuse only leads to torn families, illegal activities, jail, homelessness or death. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Narconon Fresh Start has helped many people recover from the devastating effects of crack. Find out more about how the Narconon Fresh Start drug rehab program can help.
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