crackCrack is chemically altered cocaine and found as small, hard, white chunks.

Crack is a stimulant to the central nervous system and is deadlier than other forms of cocaine.

Crack is extremely addictive. Anyone using crack can become an addict in two to three weeks, and in some cases, people who try crack become instantly addicted the first time they use the drug.

Crack reaches the brain in less than 8 seconds and produces a”high” which peaks in 10-15 seconds and lasts only 15 minutes. This “high” is produced because crack tricks the brain into releasing chemicals that produce a false feeling of intense pleasure.

This “high” is immediately followed by an intense “low”


  • chronic sore throat
  • hoarseness
  • shortness of breath
  • bronchitis
  • lung cancer
  • emphysema and other lung damage
  • respiratory problems such as congestion of the lungs,      wheezing, and spitting up black phlegm
  • burning of the lips, tongue, and throat
  • slowed digestion
  • weight loss
  • high incidence of dependence
  • blood vessel constriction
  • increased blood pressure
  • increased heart rate
  • brain seizures that can result in suffocation
  • dilated pupils
  • sweating
  • rise in blood sugar levels and body temperature
  • disability from drug-induced health problems
  • suppressed desire for food, sex, friends, family, and      social contacts
  • heart attack
  • stroke
  • death


  • sadness and depression
  • loss of interest in appearance
  • loss of household valuables or unexplained vanishing      cash due to the expense of the drug
  • sleeplessness
  • extreme paranoia
  • intense craving of the drug
  • schizophrenic-like psychosis with delusions and      hallucinations


There are four stages which have been identified with crack addiction:

  • intense feeling of stimulation
  • followed by feelings of sadness and depression
  • irritability, sleeplessness and paranoia
  • schizophrenic-like psychosis with delusions and      hallucinations

Because crack is so addictive, withdrawal symptoms may occur when a person is not using the drug.


  • nausea
  • paranoia
  • intense craving of the drug
  • physical problems

Although a person addicted to crack may experience withdrawal symptoms for a short time, the benefits to a person who stops using the drug greatly outweigh an addiction to crack.

These benefits include improved health and greater enjoyment of everyday activities.


  • 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 cocaine 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.