Cocaine and Crack

Cocaine is a white powder that comes from the leaves of the South American coca plant. Cocaine is either "snorted" through the nasal passages or injected intravenously. Users call it by a variety of names, including coke, C, snow, blow, toot, nose candy, flake, and The Lady. Cocaine belongs to a class of drugs known as stimulants, which tend to give a temporary illusion of limitless power and energy that leaves the user feeling depressed, edgy, and craving more. Crack is a form of cocaine that has been chemically altered so that it can be smoked. Cocaine and crack are highly addictive. This addiction can erode physical and mental health and can become so strong that these drugs dominate all aspects of an addict's life.

Cocaine and crack use has been a contributing factor in a number of drownings, car crashes, falls, burns, and suicides.

People under the influence of crack and cocaine frequently do risky things they later regret.

What Are the Physical Risks Associated With Using Any Amount of Coke, Crack?

increases in blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, and body temperature heart attacks, strokes, and respiratory failure hepatitis or AIDS through shared needles brain seizures reduction of the body's ability to resist and combat infection.

What Are the Psychological Risks?

Violent, erratic, or paranoid behaior hallucinations and "coke bugs" -- sensation of imaginary insects crawling over skin confusion, anxiety and depression, loss of interest in food or sex "cocaine psychosis" -- losing touch with reality, loss of interest in friends, family, sports, hobbies, and other activities

Some users spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on cocaine and crack each week and will do anything to support their habit. Many turn to drug selling, prostitution, or other crimes. If you or someone you know has a drug problem, there is help available. Talk to a school counselor, a friend, or a parent, and check the back of this pamphlet for some valuable resource information.

MYTH: Crack and Cocaine enhance sexual pleasure

FACT: Addicts often become unable to function sexually Addicts come from all walks of life. Don't assume you're immune.

Even first-time users may experience seizures or heart attacks, which can be fatal.

Quick Facts

1.Know the law. Cocaine and crack are illegal substances. Depending on where you are caught, you could face high fines and jail time.

2.Get the facts right. Even one hit of crack or cocaine can be fatal.

3.Stay informed. Injecting cocaine can give you hepatitis and AIDS.

4.Be aware of the risks. Using drugs increases the risk of injury. Car crashes, falls, burns, drowning, and suicide are all linked to drug use.

5.Keep your edge. Drug use can ruin your looks, make you depressed, and contribute to slipping grades.

6.Play it safe. One incident of drug use could lead to addiction or even death.

7.Do the smart thing. Using drugs puts your health, education, family ties, and social life at risk.

8.Get with the program. Doing drugs isn't "in" anymore.

9.Face your problems. Using drugs won't help you escape your problems, it will only create more.

10.Be a real friend. If you know someone with a drug/drinking problem, be part of the solution. Urge your friend to get help.

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