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Crack is made by cooking cocaine powder with baking soda,
then breaking it into small pieces called rocks. It
got its name because it crackles when it is heated and
Crack cocaine looks like white or tan pellets (sort of
like gerbil or dry cat food). Both cocaine and crack are very
addictive - and very, very dangerous.
Cocaine is a
, which means that it produces a fast, intense feeling of
power and energy. Then it wears off (crack wears off
very quickly) and the user feels depressed and nervous and
craves more of the drug to feel good again.
Cocaine is so addictive that someone can get hooked
after trying it just once.
Snorting cocaine can damage the septum between the
nostrils, causing a hole in the middle of the
Cocaine makes your heart beat faster and your blood
pressure and body temperature go up. It can make a
person's heart beat abnormally. Cocaine is so
dangerous that using it
can make you have a
attack or stroke and can kill you.
Updated and reviewed by:
Ryan L. Redman, MD
Date reviewed: August 2007
Originally reviewed by:
Robert B. Lembersky, MD
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice,
diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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