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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Questions on Crack Cocaine

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Crack Cocaine addict has reached epic proportions all over the world. If you live in Orangeburg, or any county in this state, the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (Click Here) is responsible for general health and addiction services in this state, and may also have information on problem gambling


1. How often do crack addicts smoke crack?

Crack addicts will smoke crack as often as they can. That may seem like an over simplified answer, but it is the truth. As long as an addict has crack he/she will smoke it until there is no more left. So the real answer is, every time they have crack they will smoke it. If they have the means to purchase it every hour they will smoke it every hour, if they have the means to obtain it every day, they will smoke it every day. As long as they have it in their possession, they will continue to smoke all of it. There is no "saving some for later" with a full blown addict of crack. 

2. Do people who smoke crack have abnormal personalities?

That is a difficult question to answer, if you mean does their personality become abnormal as a result of using crack, then the answer is, yes. Crack does have the capacity to take any person and literally convert them into a stranger, even to those who have known and loved the addict their whole life. Because the addict is now driven day and night by an urge he/she can no longer control, their mind is incapable of staying stable and rational. They may become severely agitated, paranoid and violent towards anyone, including their own loved ones and friends. If you mean do people with abnormal personalities smoke crack to begin with, well, crack has infiltrated families and taken hostage many a "normal" person. However, that being said, there are certain predispositions that experts claim are hereditary that makes a person more prone to become an addicted person. It has been argued that it isn't a genetic factor as much as it is an environmental conditioning of the addict that causes them to be prone to become addicted. The environmental conditioning argument suggests that the addict has perhaps grown up seeing substance abuse within the family, and because this is a familiar behavior to them they do not see it as the problem it is. This same argument has been made with childhood obesity, its the familiar behavior that the child mimics, over eating, and regular fast food meals is a behavior, not a disease, with overweight being the symptom of the behavior. The same is said for the addict, they grew up seeing substance abuse, and the behavior is mimicked. This type of environmental pre-conditioning occurs all over the world and also is at fault for domestic abuse as well.

3.  Can smoking crack cocaine put you at risk for HIV ?

People who smoke crack cocaine are at increased risk of becoming infected       with HIV — a finding that highlights the need to adopt and to evaluate the use of safe inhalation rooms and safer crack kits, B.C. researchers say. Some of the reasons for this risk is the users impaired ability to rationally make safe decisions, as well as participating in risky behavior to obtain money for their habit, such as engaging in sexual conduct.      

4. Is constipation a side effect of Cocaine?

Yes, constipation is a side effect of Cocaine use. Not only does it cause constipation, it causes intestinal damage, nerve damage, seizures, hallucinations, increased heart rate, blood pressure, constricted blood vessels, paranoia, insomnia, violent behavior that is extreme enough to cause an addict to kill, and death.
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