Crack and rock cocaine are forms of cocaine that are extremely addictire and
very dangerous. (Crack and rock cocaine are nearly identical drugs, hence
they will be referred to as crack only.) Crack has quickly become a major
problem in this country because it is inexpensive, readily available, and
highly addictive. Crack comes in white to tan pellets and is sold in small
vials. It is smoked in glass pipes and makes a crackling sound when it is
smoked. Paraphernalia associated with crack includes glass pipes called "base"
pipes, homemade pipes, and small vials used to store the drug.
Crack is absorbed into the blood stream through the lungs in just a few seconds.
If your teenager is using crack, he or she will temporarily appear euphoric,
extremely alert, and highly energetic. Other symptoms include dilated pupils,
loss of appetite, elevated heart rate, elevated respiration rate, and higher
body temperature. The high lasts only a few minutes, leaving an intense depression
called a "crash" and an immediate desire for more of the drug. The
severe addiction associated with crack stems not only from a desire for the
euphoria of the high but a desire to escape from the "crash" following the
high. Prolonged use of crack can cause extreme irritability, depression, paranoia,
convulsions or death.