Meth Facts

Topics: Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Dopamine Pages: 8 (2594 words) Published: October 22, 2010
Glenna Morgan
DAAC Ch 6 assignment
DAAC 1304


1. What is the difference between cocaine and crack? I have found seven differences between cocaine and crack. They are as follows: Popularity: Crack has become more and more popular as the years have progressed. The use of cocaine as a freebase declined in popularity in the 1980s when it was discovered that mixing cocaine with simple household chemicals, including baking soda and water, and then drying it resulted in a lump of smokable cocaine which is now none as crack. Age: Cocaine has been in existence for quite some time and is one of the oldest drugs available. Crack is a relatively new substance. Effect time: When smoking crack, it takes approximately 10-15 seconds to receive its full effects. When snorting cocaine, it takes a lot longer to feel the effects, approximately 10-15 minutes. Addiction/Danger: Crack is considered a more dangerous and addictive substance. Purity: crack comes in a form of a white crystal rock; while cocaine comes in a form of a white powder. Cocaine is a type of illegal drug derived from coca leaves. This drug distorts the bodys sense of movement and pleasure as well as gives off feelings of euphoria and energizes the body. Cocaine can be snorted, or injected. Crack, a freebase form of cocaine, is smoked.

2. Can cocaine be used safely in moderation? No, one who may be able to shoot up 30 or even 10cc of cocaine can be deadly to a first or second or third time user. What one persons body can handle doesn’t mean someone who uses in moderation can handle the dame does. Eventually when used in moderation you start to crave it more often. Therefore, a moderation user becomes a daily user hince, a more serious drug addiction has occurred from starting out as a moderation user. Some people can handle using cocaine in moderation. However, I have yet to meet anyone who used cocaine in moderation in the beginning not become an addict.

3. What are some short-term effects of using cocaine? Some short-term effects of using cocaine are as follows: Constricted blood vessels, increases blood pressure and heart rate. It also produces feelings of euphoria as well as anxiety, depression, and excitement. It can also cause seizures and even an overdose. Other effects are increased temperature, and dilated pupils, nervousness, and some paranoia. It produces a feeling of increased energy and well-being. Long-term effects include erratic, delusional or paranoid paranoia. Smoking crack cocaine can produce a particularly aggressive paranoid behavior in users. When addicted individuals stop using cocaine, they often become depressed. Prolonged cocaine snorting can result in ulceration of the mucous membrane of the nose. Acute cocaine poisoning leads to profound CNS stimulations, progressing to convulsions, which can lead to respiratory or cardic arrest.

4. How is cocaine ingested? The routes of administration are commonly used for cocaine in clued the following: snorting, injecting, and smoking. Snorting is a process of inhaling cocaine through the nose, where it is absorbed into the bloodstream through the nasal tissues. Injecting is the use of a needle to release the drug directly into the bloodstream. Smoking, involves inhaling cocaine vapor or smoke into the lings, where absorption into the bloodstream is a rapid as by injection.

5. Who could you go to if you or a friend had any questions about or problems with drugs? I had a bad cocaine habit 6 years ago and I currently have 6 years sober. Back then, as with any user you don’t think you have a problem. My parents never saw it or just didn’t say anything until I hit rock bottom and my dad finally realized he couldn’t save his little girl this time. I was on probation and failed a UA and was locked up in County here in Odessa where I spent 4 months then was sent to SAFPF for 6 months. At the time my best friend was using and we would get high together but not too often....
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