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Long Term Effects Of Crack Cocaine

Crack Effects

Is Crack Harmful? Crack is a slightly different form of cocaine that is mixed with another basic chemical such as ammonia or baking soda. Is there a difference between cocaine and crack cocaine? There are no pharmacological differences between powder cocaine and crack cocaine. This means that, chemically, they are nearly identical and hence, produce similar results. When smoked, crack produces a very fast and intense feeling of euphoria. Unfortunately, this feeling is extremely harmful, not to mention it often leads to crack addiction. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) [1], around 72 percent of cocaine-related drug treatment admissions are due to crack cocaine. This is a startlingly high statistic considering the harmful crack effects. Users often underestimate the dangers of crack cocaine effects. Crack cocaine is a stimulant. That means it affects the central nervous system. Like other stimulants, crack gives you an energy surge. That, in turn, boosts your alertness, leaving you feeling a “high” from the drug. In addition, because a high from crack does not last very long, people need to repeatedly smoke it in order to maintain a high. This pattern of use increases the risk of cocaine addiction and crack cocaine overdose. Crack…