COCAINE & CRACK COCAINE

Cocaine and crack cocaine can be taken orally, through the nose (snorted), injected with a syringe or, in the case of crack, through inhalation of the fumes from heating it.

The terms used to describe ingestion include chewing, snorting, mainlining (injecting into a large vein) and smoking.

The word cocaine refers to the drug in a powder form (cocaine) and a crystal form (crack). It is made from the coca plant and, next to methamphetamine,1 creates the greatest psychological dependence of any drug.

Short-term Effects:

Cocaine causes a short-lived intense high that is immediately followed by the opposite—intense feelings of depression and edginess and a craving for more of the drug. People who use it often don’t eat or sleep properly. They can experience greatly increased heart rate, muscle spasms and convulsions. The drug can make people feel paranoid, angry, hostile and anxious, even when they aren’t high.

Long-term Effects:

In addition to those effects already mentioned, cocaine can cause irritability, mood disturbances, restlessness, paranoia and auditory (hearing) hallucinations. Tolerance to the drug develops so that more is needed to produce the same “high.”

Coming down from the drug causes severe depression, which becomes deeper and deeper after each use. This can get so severe that a person will do almost anything to get the drug—even commit murder. And if he or she can’t get cocaine, the depression can get so intense it can drive the addict to suicide.

  1. 1. methamphetamine: a highly addictive central nervous system stimulant.

STREET NAMES

CRACK COCAINE

24-7

Apple jacks

Badrock

Ball

Base

Beat

Candy

Chemical

Cloud

Cookies

Crack

Crumbs

Crunch & munch

Devil drug

Dice

Electric kool-aid

Fat bags

French fries

Glo

Gravel

Grit

Hail

Hard ball

Hard rock

Hotcakes

Ice cube

Jelly beans

Kryptonite

Nuggets

Paste

Piece

Prime time

Product

Raw

Rock(s)

Rock star

Rox/Roxanne

Scrabble

Sleet

Snow coke

Sugar block

Topo (Spanish)

Tornado

Troop

 


STREET NAMES

COCAINE

Aunt Nora

Bernice

Binge

Blow

C

Charlie

Coke

Dust

Flake

Mojo

Nose candy

Paradise

Sneeze

Sniff

Snow

Toot

White