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Powder cocaine and crack are both forms of cocaine. They are stimulants which temporarily speed up the way your mind and body work but the effects are short-lived. Both crack and cocaine can be smoked but cocaine is more commonly snorted whilst crack is generally smoked in a pipe.
Crack tends to have a much stronger effect and can be more addictive than snorting cocaine. Cocaine and crack both affect the levels of dopamine in the brain (a natural chemical which is released when we are happy or having a pleasurable experience) which give users a high. However, long-term use of these drugs mean that we have less dopamine in our brains leading to low mood and even depression.
The effects of cocaine/crack can include feeling confident, alert and energised, however the come down after using can result in not being able to sleep, feeling agitated and low mood.
The risks of using crack or cocaine can be:
For more information, please visit Cocaine Anonymous at www.cauk.org.uk.
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