Public Health Alert about Cocaine or Crack Use
The chemical cocaine hydrochloride is commonly known as crack. Some users chemically process cocaine in order to take away the hydrochloride. This process is called “freebasing” and makes the drug more stronger. “Crack” is a solid form of freebased cocaine. It is called “crack” because it snaps and cracks when heated and smoked. Since crack is a ready form of freebased cocaine, the user does not have to be exposed to the explosive chemicals associated with freebasing. Crack is most often packaged in plastic bags and sold in small quantities, usually 300-500mg or enough for two to three inhalations.
The opium poppy produces the drug morphine. From the drug morphine, a highly addicted drug is obtained. This drug is called heroin. It is a “downer” that affects the brain’s pleasure systems andobstructs the brain’s ability to perceive pain. Thus, it is used as pain reliever or as a recreational drug. Moreover, it has an extremely high potential for dependence.
There are organizations that try to help people who want to recover from drug addiction. An example of these organizations is Narcotics Anonymous; a nonprofit group. It goes after a twelve step program and it is group-oriented. It defines itself as a society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem.