Understanding the Dangers of Crack Abuse

Dangers of Crack Abuse

It is very important one understands the amount of damage crack can cause to the body. It only takes one dose for the user to get addicted to crack cocaine. Being aware of the dangers can prevent people from becoming a potential prey of drug abuse. The dangers that can come with crack addiction are:

  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Crack users have high chances of contracting HIV/AIDS, gonorrhea and syphilis among other sexually transmitted diseases, due to their indulgence in frequent casual and unprotected sexual encounters.

  • Respiratory Problems

This drug can cause a number of respiratory complications like ‘crack lung’, shortness of breath, coughing, bleeding and lung damage.

  • Effect on the Brain

The brain’s blood vessels can also get constricted due to crack which can lead to stroke, seizures, and even sudden death.

  • Effect on Kidneys/Liver/Heart

Crack can cause permanent damage to blood vessels. It increases blood pressure to the level where it destroys kidney and liver and causes other coronary issues like stroke and abnormal heartbeat or arrhythmia.

  • Stomach Complications

The whole body system collapses due to this drug. Abdominal pains and stomach ulcers are frequent to the user. The intestines can also get ruptured.

  • Sexual Dysfunction

Crack cocaine addiction can lead to sexual dysfunction, leading to infertility in both men and women.

  • Malnutrition and Insomnia

Insomnia and loss of appetite can cause the user to become malnourished and fatigued which degrades the immunity leading the user to become prone to other infectious diseases.

  • Burnt Fingers

The pipe used for smoking crack gets heated and this can lead to blistered and burnt lips. Teeth and gums also get decayed due to exposure to the smoke.

  • Complications During Pregnancy

Pregnant women under the influence of cocaine can give birth to stillborn or premature babies. The babies can also be born with brain damage or other abnormalities.

  • Antisocial Activities

Since the substance goes and hits the brain, it can lead to impaired judgment as a result of which the user can end up getting involved in antisocial activities.

  • Financial Issues

Lack of concentration, motivation, interest and the health risks can make addicts lose their jobs. The users eventually face financial crunches which persuade them to take up criminal activities in order to get money for the drugs. Men can take to theft and burglary and women can get into prostitution.

  • Criminal Activities

When one is under the impact of drugs, they lose their inhibitions and acquire a sense of superiority and power. They can indulge in violent outbursts and rash driving for which they can end up not only in jail but dead. They pose a threat not only to themselves but also to the society at large.

  • Depression

We have covered how the effect of crack is paradoxical and how the user can get struck with chronic depression. The crack goes and affects the brain’ pleasure system so when the user is off the crack, their body fails to keep up with the retreating ecstasy.

  • Suicidal Thoughts

The chronic depression and psychosis can instigate suicidal thoughts in the mind of the addict.

  • Psychosis

The addicts exhibit erratic and reckless behavior due to extreme psychosis. They can witness auditory as well as optical hallucinations.

Crack consumption is very rampant in the West and is accessible to teens and adolescents at a low price and easily. Teenagers should be educated about the dangers associated with drug use. Once a person starts taking crack, their body’s tolerance increases and with every passing day, they get dragged into addiction. The body’s dependence on crack makes withdrawal symptoms extreme when it is unavailable.