Crack is just a name for crack cocaine, which is a form of cocaine. Cocaine is a white powdered drug made from the coca plant leaves in South America. It is extracted as cocaine hydrochloride and purified and turned into the powder we know of.
When the crack is usually made as a mixture of water and baking soda, is stirred with cocaine powder until a crystalized rock appears. That’s what crack is. Usually, pieces of the crack are broken off and then burned so that users can inhale the fumes and get high.
Crack is a very popular and cheap drug that can lead to addiction from the very first use. It is a lot stronger than cocaine is which is why the addiction levels are higher, and it is even easier to get.
Since crack is usually inhaled instead of snorted, it goes straight from the lungs to the bloodstream to the brain which can make the high start sooner and last longer. That is what makes crack so appealing to addicts.
Some common immediate side effects of using crack can include:
– Nervousness or paranoia
– Heightened alertness
– Increased heart rate and blood pressure
– Pressured speech
– Dilated eyes
– Loss of appetite
– Disturbed sleep patterns
– Contracted blood vessels
– Increased body temperature
– Intense euphoria
– Intense cravings to use more
– Bizarre behavior
– Heart failure
– Potential death from respiratory failure
– “Coke bugs,” or the hallucination that bugs are burrowing under cocaine or crack user’s skin
Long term side effects of crack use include:
– Permanent damage to blood vessels
– High blood pressure
– Liver damage
– Lung damage
– Infectious diseases
– Severe tooth decay
– Sexual dysfunction
– Reproductive damage and infertility
– Disorientation and confusion
– Increased frequency of risky behavior
– Severe depression
– Paranoid behavior
– Respiratory failure
– Kidney failure
– Heart attack
When it comes to a crack overdose, there are a lot of potential signs to look for. Knowing the signs can help you even if you don’t use drugs. This is because crack overdoses can happen at any time.
Some of the signs of a crack overdose include:
– Abnormally high blood pressure.
– Rapid heart rate.
– Chest pain.
– Extreme anxiety and agitation.
– Excessive sweating.
– Enlarged pupils.
When someone is suffering from a crack overdose, the symptoms can come on quickly. That is why it is essential to give help to someone if you think they may be suffering from an overdose.
If not then irreversible damage can be done to their body and organs and even lead to death. Knowing what an overdose looks like means you know when to give help.