Where can you buy crack cocaine on the streets?
Crack cocaine: the king of the streets.
While many drugs are bought from “trusted” dealers with arranged meetings between the dealer and user, crack is truly a drug of the streets. Crack addicts can often drive up and down the streets and stop in to gas stations to find local crack dealers hanging out. A user can literally walk up to a stranger on the street and buy a handful of crack cocaine.
What does crack cocaine look like and how much does it cost?
Crack resembles a cross between peanut brittle without the peanuts and off-white soap. It is broken up into irregular pieces and sold according to the size of the piece. It is an inexact science. A user can buy a $5 rock, or even sometimes a $2 or $3 rock. Bigger pieces may cost $10 to $20 each. Early on in crack addiction, before money becomes scarce, a user may buy large amounts of the drug at a time, walking away with a fist full of crack cocaine valued at $100 or more.
How is crack cocaine different from powder cocaine?
Powder cocaine is cocaine hydrochloride. The hydrochloride part of the name indicates that it is chemically a stable salt. In the case of cocaine, this means that it is minimally active as a drug when smoked. However, when it is converted to a base, which means removing the acid component of the molecule, it can be smoked. This is why early smokable cocaine was called, “freebase”. Freebase cocaine is very dangerous to make due to the volatile chemicals involved. It was discovered at some point that cocaine could be heated with baking soda as a safer process to make smokable cocaine. Because of the characteristic crackling sound made during the manufacturing process, the drug earned the nickname, “crack”.
Is crack more addicting than powdered cocaine?
Cocaine, in general, is highly addictive. Cocaine addiction is a widespread problem. Crack is, however, by far, the more addicting form of the drug. This is because it is smoked, so it gets to the brain quickly and it wears off quickly. Crack users go from not being high to being very high in just a few seconds. This fast onset makes it more addicting. A person can become highly addicted to crack after just a single-use. Crack addicts describe the first high from crack cocaine as being the best. They are always trying to recapture that initial high every time they use the drug.
Can a person die from using crack cocaine?
There are dangerous side effects of crack abuse. Being a stimulant, the drug will cause an increase in heart rate, elevated blood pressure, insomnia, anxiety, and irritability. It is possible for smoking crack to cause a heart attack or stroke. Long-term effects or crack cocaine use can include lung damage and permanent brain changes that make quitting the drug very difficult. Because of the lifestyle that often accompanies crack use, users are at risk for contracting sexually transmitted diseases, including hepatitis and HIV. While it is possible to die of consequences of crack cocaine use, and it is likely that the user will suffer degrading life changes in a short period of time, the drug is not as immediately dangerous as street opiates, such as heroin and fentanyl.
Addiction treatment for cocaine abuse.
Treatment options for cocaine users to address their addiction to crack or powdered cocaine include inpatient, residential treatment, outpatient treatment, and 12-step group support. There are also other support groups that do not rely on the 12-steps. While there is no medication that can eliminate cravings and withdrawal symptoms from crack cocaine, psychotherapy and recovery network support can be very successful in helping people to quit crack cocaine use for good.
Are people still smoking crack cocaine?
Some people think of crack use as being an 80s phenomenon. During the 1980s, crack use was rampant in many urban areas. During the 90s, crack use seemed to go down. In the 2000s and on, it appeared that the opioids were becoming the drug of choice of drug users. Yet, beyond what the media is reporting on, the truth is that crack cocaine never really went away. addiction to this dangerous stimulant continues as the dealers on the street are still out there selling crack to their walk-up and drive-by customers.
Which is harder to quit, crack or heroin?
This is a somewhat subjective question. The crack user may claim that crack is the hardest drug of all to quit. On the other hand, the heroin user may claim that heroin is the hardest to quit. They may both be right. It all depends on the drug user and their level of addiction to the drug. While both drugs produce an intense high and later, very intense cravings to use more of the drug, heroin has an additional trait that makes it very difficult to quit. Heroin, and other opioids, such as fentanyl and oxycodone, cause physical dependence in addition to addiction. So, when a user quits heroin, they not only get the intense drug cravings, they also get very physically sick. The combination of psychological and physical dependence on the drug may make heroin a harder drug, overall, to quit.