Crack Cocaine

Crack Cocaine

Street names: Rock, Stone, Freebase, Wash, Gravel

Drug type: Stimulant

Is crack illegal in the UK?

Legal status: Crack cocaine is a class A drug. You could go to prison for seven years for possessing it and for life for dealing it, plus receive a hefty fine.

What is crack cocaine?

What is it? Crack is cocaine powder that has been chemically altered and processed to form crystals or 'rocks' that you then smoke.

You can smoke crack using various kinds of pipes.

The effects of Crack - How does Crack make you feel?

How it can make you feel: The effects of Crack are typically a quick and intense high.  You'll feel more energetic, alert and confident (sometimes overconfident). The effects are similar to using cocaine, but more intense. However, they are very short-lived, lasting only around seven to 10 minutes.

What are the side effects of Crack?

Crack cocaine will make your eyes more sensitive to light and your pupils dilate. Your heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature will increase too, and your appetite will be suppressed.

The risks: Smoking crack can cause chest pains, breathing problems and lung damage. The drug can also cause cardiac arrest, as well as causing you to lose extreme amounts of weight.

What are the long term effects of Crack Cocaine?

The long term effects of Crack Cocaine can make you agitated, aggressive and sometimes paranoid. You can have mood swings and hallucinations too and there's a risk of future mental health problems.

Crack is extremely addictive - cravings for more can mean you get into debt - or commit crimes - to pay for the drug.

Crack Cocaine image courtesy of Talk to Frank, Crown Copyright.