It's so Easy to get Addicted to Crack Cocaine
If the question is, ‘Can someone get addicted to crack cocaine?”, then the answer is yes. Crack is a very addictive drug. In fact, it’s one of the most addictive substances known to law enforcement.
Crack Cocaine and Addiction
Crack cocaine is one of the most powerful illegal drugs when it comes to producing psychological dependence. It stimulates key pleasure centers within the brain and causes extreme euphoria. Compulsive use of crack cocaine develops soon after an individual starts using because the drug is smoked and enters the bloodstream rapidly. This leads to the individual developing a tolerance, as they are unable to achieve the same high from the same amount of crack cocaine.
The Chemistry of Crack Cocaine
Crack cocaine is made when pure cocaine is heated and mixed with another substance like baking soda. It is called ‘crack’ because the substance makes a cracking sound when it is heated.
Crack is the most potent form in which cocaine appears and it is also the riskiest. It is between 75% and 100% pure, and far stronger and more potent than regular cocaine.
Using Crack Cocaine
Crack cocaine can be smoked. Smoking allows the drug to reach the brain more quickly and also brings an immediate and intense high. However, that high only lasts for about 15 minutes. Smoking, rather than snorting, can lead to the rapid development of addiction, and it is possible that an individual can become addicted after using crack cocaine for the first time.
Cocaine, not crack cocaine, is considered a ‘rich man’s drug’ due to its high cost. However, crack cocaine is diluted and sold at very low prices that almost anyone can afford, at least at first. Once an individual is addicted to it, they will spend more and more money trying to support their habit.
The Effects of Crack Cocaine
As mentioned before, crack cocaine causes a short-lived, intense high that is immediately followed by intense depression, edginess, and a craving for more of the drug. Individuals using crack cocaine usually don’t eat or sleep properly. They can experience greatly increased heart rate, muscle spasms, and convulsions. The drug can make people feel paranoid, angry, hostile and anxious, even when they are not using or high.
Crack cocaine increases the risk that the individual will experience a heart attack, stroke, seizure or respiratory (breathing) failure, any of which can result in sudden death. Smoking the drug further presents a series of health risks. Crack cocaine is often made by mixing cocaine with other substances that create toxic fumes when burned.
Potential signs of addiction to crack cocaine include:
- Anxious behavior
- Becoming angry or energetic very quickly
- Loss of interest in hobbies and work or school
- Lying to get money
- Bloodshot eyes and dilated pupils
- Running nose
- Neglecting personal appearance
- Unpredictable behavior
- Weight loss
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