The Negative Effects Of Crack Cocaine

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Cocaine has been used for a long time, way before recorded history. It is a known fact that cocaine comes from “western South America in countries such as Peru and Bolivia” (Carroll 13). Cocaine comes in different forms such as “coco plants, paste, cocaine hydrochloride, freebase cocaine, and crack cocaine” (Olive 9-11). The use of crack cocaine can lead to a higher chance in committing a crime, neurological problems, and dependence on the drug that is hard to escape. It is certain that the presentation of crack has had a major impact in the world, especially in crime. Crack has led to an increase in misconduct and also to laws being “enacted to counter its use, manufacture, and sale” (Olive 45). Crack users are willing to do whatever it takes to make sure they receive their next “batch of rock” (Olive 46). “They will often steal valuables from homes or stores in order to support their habit” (Olive 45). Using crack cocaine not only leads to crimes such as petty theft and possession of drug paraphernalia, but also more serious violations such as violent crime. Researchers observed three main reasons that this could be the case. “The first reason has to …show more content…
The most severe effect is that it can lead to a stroke. “A large increase in blood pressure causes bleeding in the brain” (Carroll 43), resulting in a paralyzing stroke. There are two types of strokes that can occur: ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke. “Both ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes can be caused by excessive cocaine use” (Olive 55), with an outcome leaving major damage of the brain. Another serious neurological problem is seizures. Seizures are caused by “high temperatures” (Carroll 44) and “overstimulation in the brain” (Olive 55). If a person seeks help before it is too late, doctors may be able to stop the seizure with treatment drugs. If the user does not make it in time, it can lead to brain damage or even possibly

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