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Crack Information & Statistics

Arriving on the scene in the United States in the 1970s as a simple and cost-effective method of transporting cocaine is the smokable form of the narcotic called crack cocaine. It is known by a slew of different names, including rock, wash, stones, pebbles or freebase.  But no matter the name of the drug, its effects can be powerful, dangerous and life-changing.

Crack is a short-acting but potent and hazardous psychostimulant. It is a free base form of cocaine, made by cooking the drug in water and baking soda. It is fashioned into tiny white, cream or yellow lumps or rocks which make a cracking noise when burnt.

How is crack used?

Crack cocaine is usually smoked through a joint, a pipe, a bong or something created on the spur of the moment like a drink can which has been torn open. The narcotic can also be injected, chased or sprinkled. Habitual users may use one or two grams each day, but as the effects wear off quickly, heavy users may take several grams in one sitting.  However, it is a long-established myth that crack is a relatively pure form of cocaine. It depends on the potency of the original cocaine the crack is derived from. Many users also mix crack with heroin in what is called speedballing, where you can feel both the stimulating and depressive effects of both drugs at the same time.

Signs & symptoms of crack abuse

Crack is a stimulant, known for making the user feel more confident and powerful, as well as alert and energised. However, the drug can affect people in different ways, depending on your physiology, the dosage and the quality of the drug, among other variables.

Crack cocaine is thought to have among the highest ratios of addiction of drugs in the UK. Many attribute it to the fact the comedown is so overwhelming and if you stop consuming crack you may experience symptoms associated with withdrawal. These may include feelings of anxiety, depression and irritability. It can make you feel increasingly paranoid, and you may have extreme insomnia. You may find it hard to limit your intake, leading to addiction. A large number of crack users also take downers such ad heroin or benzos to help with the comedown, resulting in a dependency on both drugs.

Risks of crack abuse

There are many other dangers in taking a crack. If you smoke or inject the drug, you could catch an infection like hepatitis C or a blood-borne virus through sharing pipes. Be aware that smoking or injecting crack cocaine can put enormous pressure on your heart. The euphoric rush from crack only lasts a few minutes and comes with a greater risk of overdose and poisoning, leading to serious health complications and even death.

Despite the inherent risks, it has been reported the use of crack cocaine is on the rise again in the UK. It is felt wider trends and the purity of the drug, as well as the price, are indicators on why it has grown in the UK. Experts say the price of crack has decreased by approximately 13% in over ten years. It has been reported seizures of crack are at their highest point in Britain in a decade.

Treatment for crack addiction

If you are afraid you, or a friend or loved one may have a problem with crack cocaine, then contact Rehab Guide. We can help you during drug detox. Be it at home or in a residential clinic as part of a rehab treatment program, to set you on the path to recovery.


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