Crack Addiction


Crack cocaine (“crack”) is a form of Cocaine that is processed into a rock form using baking soda which extracts a high percentage of impurities. The term “crack” refers to the crackling sound heard when it is heated prior to smoking. Crack abuse rose in the mid-1980’s and is considered the most addictive form of the cocaine drug.

In it’s crystallised form, is a fast-acting drug that creates a short-lived and extreme high. Crack is heated and smoked through a makeshift or dedicated glass “crack pipe”. It is the most potent form of cocaine and the most dangerous as the drug is 75% – 100% pure. The drug reaches the brain faster when smoked and inhaled and the extreme high lasts 15 minutes.

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As the ‘high’ only lasts minutes, often with an intense “crash”, this generally leads to repeated use to sustain the high, an action called ‘binging’. Use in a binge, during which the drug is taken repeatedly and at increasingly high doses, leads to a state of increasing irritability, restlessness, and generally extreme paranoia. Resulting in paranoid psychosis, in which the user loses touch with reality and can experience extreme physical & auditory hallucinations.

The physical signs of crack abuse:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweating
  • Suppressed appetite
  • Restless and talkative
  • Insomnia
  • Physically active
  • Depression and isolation
  • Defensive and paranoid
  • Mood swings
  • Hallucination

No matter how frequent or infrequent one uses the substance there is an increased chance of the below health risks.

Health effects of crack addiction:

  • Strokes
  • Respiratory failure
  • Heart attacks
  • Seizures
  • Death