‘ARE YOU STARTING TO SPEND EVERYTHING YOU HAVE ON CRACK AND THEN SOME?’
‘DO YOU LIE TO YOUR PARTNER AND FRIENDS ABOUT YOUR WHEREABOUTS?’
‘ARE YOU FINDING THAT YOU ALWAYS WANT MORE AND ARE BINGING FOR AS LONG AS YOU HAVE MONEY?’
‘DOES THE IDEA OF COMMITTING A CRIMINAL OFFENCE IN ORDER TO GET MONEY NOT BOTHER YOU ANY MORE?’
‘ARE YOU SELLING YOUR POSSESSIONS TO BUY A ROCK?’
‘ARE YOU STARTING TO SUFFER FROM BLURRY VISION, AND HOT FLUSHES? DO YOU FIND YOUR FINGERS AND TOES FEEL COLD OR NUMB?’
‘ARE YOU JUST WAITING TO GET ARRESTED?’
Does any of this sound a little too familiar? Then perhaps you should read on…
OTHER THINGS TO THINK ABOUT:
It might be pointing out the obvious but crack cocaine, if not addictive physically, is highly addictive psychologically. It is not uncommon for people to find themselves with an addiction problem very quickly after first smoking crack.
A crack cocaine habit is extremely expensive to maintain, running into hundreds and hundreds of pounds a week. Almost inevitably this leads to criminal behaviour (unless you were extremely wealthy to begin with) and invariably this ends up in arrest and court appearances.
The end result of a crack binge tends to be severe depression, to the point where the only relief is smoking more crack! Back to criminal behaviour and risk of arrest to get the money, huh?
Smoking crack brings with it a whole host of health problems. If you have heart problems then smoking crack is dangerous, because like cocaine it caused a very sharp rise in blood pressure.
The hot gases you inhale damage the lung tissue and blood vessels, making it hard to breath without pain. This is often referred to as crack lung, and the damage can be severe and lifelong.
Short term effects include constricted blood vessels (hence the numbness in the hands and feet), increased temperature, heart rate and blood pressure; insomnia, loss of appetite, restlessness, irritability and anxiety.
Long term use can exacerbate mental health problems, cause depression and lead to permanent heart problems.
In 2009, UK customs officials found cocaine (from which crack is produced) cut with insecticides, pet tranquilisers and a chemical used to treat worm and other parasitic infections in animals!
If anything on this page sounds uncomfortably familiar or is causing you to worry, then it is probably worth getting some advice. After all, an informed decision is often the best decision- what have you got to lose?
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