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The instant you decide to do something about a crack addiction problem is very crucial. Sometime it takes a long time before an individual in need with an addiction problem takes the decision to do something about it.

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Crack addiction is one of society's biggest problem today. persons addicted to crack cocaine will do almost anything to get the drug. It has reached all levels of our society; rich, poor, and everyone in between. Family members connected to addicts with a crack cocaine dependency live in chaos and confusion, they do not understande the underlying mechanism of crack addiction.

Crack Cocaine Addiction Treatment

What is crack?

The chemical cocaine hydrochloride is usually known as crack. Users chemically process the coke to get rid of the hydrochloride. This process is called "freebasing" and makes it more potent. "Crack" is a solid form of freebased cocaine. It is named "crack" as it snaps and cracks when heated and used.

One gram of pure powder cocaine will convert to approximately 0.89 grams of crack. The Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that crack rocks are between 75 and 90 percent pure cocaine.

Why is crack such a dangerous drug?

Crack Cocaine is inhaled and rapidly absorbed through the lungs, into the blood, and carried swiftly to the brain. The risks of doing an overdose and poisoning leading to coma, convulsions, and even death are highly increased. Crack's rapid rush -5 to 7 mins of intense pleasure- rapidly subsides, leading to the feeling of depression that needs to be taken care by using more crack cocaine. This cycle makes higher the chances of addiction and dependency. Because of the quick high, abusers are always thinking of, and devising ways to get more crack cocaine. Psychologically, the drug decreases the concentration, ambition, drive, and increases confusion and irritability, wreaking havoc on abusers' professional and personal lives. Habitual use may lead to coke psychosis causing, paranoia, hallucinations, and a condition also known as fornication, in which insects or snakes are perceived to be crawling under the skin. The paranoia and depression can lead to violent and suicidal behavior. The side effects of adulterants increase cocaine's risks. The drug is often mixed with one or more of any number of substances, such as cheaper drugs procaine, lidocaine, and benzocaine, and substances that pose no serious danger, such as sugars (mannitol and sucrose), or starches. However, when quinine or amphetamines are mixed with it, the potential danger for serious side effects increases enormously.

What is the street price of crack?

Typically, cocaine HCl is converted into crack cocaine, or “rock,” within the United States by the secondary wholesaler or retailer. Crack cocaine is often put in packages in vials, glassine bags, and film canisters. The size of a crack cocaine rock can vary, but generally ranges from 1/10 to 1/2 gram. Rocks can sell for as low as $3 to as high as $50, but prices usually range from $10 to $20.

    The Street cost of Crack

    • $40 - 1/4 gram (larger "rock") $10-$25 - 1/10 gram (smaller "rock")

    • Note: costs vary according to purity, quantity, location of origin and sale, and numerous market trends.

How widespread is cocaine and crack addiction?

  • In 1997, there were approximately 1.5 million regular users of crack cocaine or powdered cocaine.
  • 1-tenth of the population - over 22 million people have tried cocaine or crack cocaine.
  • Each day 5,000 more persons will try cocaine or crack cocaine.
  • Cocaine is a $35 billion illicit industry now exceeding Columbia's #1 export, coffee.
  • 1 in 10 persons who works said they know at least a person who uses coke or crack cocaine on the job.

 

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What complications are associated with the use of smoking crack during pregnancy?

Crack and Pregnancy:

  • increased incidence of still births

  • increased incidence of miscarriages

  • premature (often fatal) labor and delivery

  • in males, the cocaine in crack may attach to the sperm causing damage to the cells of the fetus.

  • babies exposed to coke experience painful and life threatening withdrawal, are irritable, have poor ability to regulate their own body temperature and blood sugar and are at increased risk of having seizures.

Effects of Crack on the Fetus:

  • seizures or strokes

  • cerebral palsy

  • mental retardation

  • vision and hearing impairments

  • urinary tract abnormalities

  • autism and learning disabilities

 

What are the symptoms of a crack overdose?

Perhaps the most dangerous side of crack cocaine usage is the high danger to do an overdose. Since crack cocaine is more potent than street cocaine, it goes in the bloodstream faster and in greater concentrations. This is very risky since smoking the crack makes it difficult to estimate the amount taken. The most frequent overdose that individual experience from smoking the drug is mild and is felt as a very rapid heart beat and hyperventilation. These reactions are often accompanied by a feeling of impending death. Although most individuals survive, several thousand dies by overdosing on the drug every year. All forms of cocaine and crack cocaine use have been linked with heart failure in users. This also includes otherwise healthy users.

Crack Babies

Many media have reported stories of 'Crack Babies', babies born addicted to crack cocaine and lacking the will to survive. Nonetheless, evidence demonstrates that such reports are exaggerated and that a baby will recover from the addictive effects of crack cocaine within a few weeks. Babies do have withdrawal symptoms and, sometimes, are given medication to counteract the effects. A more important concern is the high incidence of birth defects related with the use of crack. If a woman consumes crack cocaine on a regular basis while she is pregnant, the baby may be born with heart and lung problems.

 

 

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