Crack Cocaine Effects
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Effects of Crack Cocaine

Early Use and the Effects of Crack CocaineCrack Rocks

  • Magnification of pleasure, euphoria
  • Alertness and in some cases - hyper-alertness
  • Increased and sometimes a (grandiose) sense of well being
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Lower social inhibitions: more sociable and talkative
  • Heightened energy, self-esteem, sexuality and emotions aroused by interpersonal experiences
  • Appetite loss; weight loss


Compulsive Use and the Effects of Crack Cocaine

  • Extreme euphoria - "mental orgasm"
  • Uninhibited
  • Impaired judgment
  • Grandiosity
  • Impulsivity
  • Hyper sexuality
  • Hyper vigilance
  • Compulsivity
  • Extreme psychomotor activation/agitation
  • Anxiety; irritability; argumentative
  • Transient panic
  • Paranoia
  • Terror of impending death
  • Poor reality testing; delusions
  • Extreme weight loss


Physical Effects of Crack Cocaine

  • chronic sore throat
  • hoarseness
  • shortness of breath
  • bronchitis
  • lung cancer
  • emphysema and other lung damage
  • respiratory problems such as congestion of the lungs, wheezing, and spitting up black phlegm
  • burning of the lips, tongue, and throat
  • slowed digestion
  • weight loss
  • high incidence of dependence
  • blood vessel constriction
  • increased blood pressure
  • increased heart rate
  • brain seizures that can result in suffocation
  • dilated pupils
  • sweating
  • rise in blood sugar levels and body temperature
  • disability from drug-induced health problems
  • suppressed desire for food, sex, friends, family, and social contacts
  • heart attack
  • stroke
  • death


Emotional/Psychological Effects of Crack CocaineEmotional Effects of Crack Cocaine

  • sadness and depression
  • loss of interest in appearance
  • loss of household valuables or unexplained vanishing cash due to the expense of the drug
  • sleeplessness
  • extreme paranoia
  • intense craving of the drug
  • schizophrenic-like psychosis with delusions and intense hallucinations


Effects of Crack Cocaine on Pregnancy

  • increased incidence of still births
  • increased incidence of miscarriages
  • premature (often fatal) labor and delivery
  • in males, the cocaine in crack may attach to the sperm causing damage to the cells of the fetus.
  • babies exposed to cocaine experience painful and life threatening withdrawal, are irritable, have poor ability to regulate their own body temperature and blood sugar and are at increased risk of having seizures.


Effects of Crack Cocaine on the FetusCrack Fetus

  • seizures or strokes
  • cerebral palsy
  • mental retardation
  • vision and hearing impairments
  • urinary tract abnormalities
  • autism and learning disabilities

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