WHY IS CRACK COCAINE SO HIGHLY ADDICTIVE?

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Crack cocaine is one of the most powerful illegal drugs when it comes to producing psychological dependence. It stimulates key pleasure centers within the brain and causes extremely heightened euphoria. Compulsive crack use develops soon after the person starts using, because the substance is smoked and enters the blood stream rapidly. A tolerance develops quickly—the addict soon fails to achieve the same high experienced earlier from the same amount of crack cocaine.

“I had acquired a $2,000 per week crack cocaine habit and desperately wanted to be free from the chains.” —Jennifer