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Crack Side Effects

Crack side effects are known to reduce concentration, ambition, and drive. It increases confusion and irritability, wreaking havoc on users' professional and personal lives. Another of the many serious crack side effects includes "cocaine psychosis". This is when the user suffers from paranoia, hallucinations, and a condition known as formication. Formication is when the user feels as though insects or snakes are crawling under their skin. The paranoia and depression can instigate violent and suicidal behavior.

Also, crack side effects may be compounded by the addition of adulterants in the drug. Both crack and cocaine are often cut with one or more substances. These adulterants include cheaper drugs (Procaine, Lidocaine, and Benzocaine), and substances that pose no serious risks (sugars: mannitol and sucrose) or starches).When quinine or amphetamines are added to crack, the potential for serious crack side effects increases dramatically.

Common Crack side effects

  • Anxiety
  • Cold sweats
  • Convulsions
  • Damage to lungs
  • Damage to nasal cavities
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite leading to malnutrition and weight loss
  • Nausea
  • Possible heart attacks, strokes, or convulsions
  • Restlessness and anxiety
  • Swelling and bleeding of mucous membranes
  • Vomiting

What is crack cocaine?

The chemical cocaine hydrochloride is commonly known as crack. Some users chemically process cocaine in order to remove the hydrochloride. This process is called "freebasing" and makes the drug more potent. "Crack" is a solid form of freebased cocaine.

Crack addiction is one of society's greatest problems today. People addicted to crack will do almost anything to get the drug. It has penetrated all levels of our society, rich, poor, and everyone in between. Family members connected to crack addicts live in chaos and confusion not understanding the underlying mechanics of their loved one's addiction.

How is crack used? Crack is inhaled and rapidly absorbed through the lungs, into the blood, and carried swiftly to the brain. Because the drug enters the user's body rapidly the chances of a drug overdose, poisoning, coma, convulsions, and death are greatly increased. Crack's rapid rush of intense pleasure (5 to 7 minutes) quickly subsides, leading to depression. Crack users will then take more of the drug to alleviate their depression. This cycle enhances the chances of addiction and dependency.

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