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  • The Negative Effects Of Crack Cocaine

    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…

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  • Daniel Crack Cocaine Summary

    Daniel disclosed his use of crack cocaine. He has a history of alcohol use as well, but claims only occasionally. Daniel states he began using at the age of seventeen. Daniel explains that when he initially began using cocaine it was only recreational, so about two or three weeks, after he began to increase his intake. He would then snort cocaine and smoke it to the point he was awake at all times and was alert of everything around him. He later became dependent on the substance, in which he…

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  • Crack Cocaine Research Paper

    Crack Cocaine Crack cocaine is an extremely powerful and dangerous stimulant drug. Crack cocaine causes adverse side effects and serious health problems. Crack cocaine is very addicting and overdoses are very common. A History of Crack Cocaine The history of cocaine dates back thousands of years to ancient indigenous peoples in South America chewing the intoxicating erythroxylon coca leaves. Starting in the 1800’s, coca leaves were processed into various foods, drinks and medicines. During the…

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  • Short Term Effects Of Crack Cocaine

    Crack cocaine is a form of crystallized cocaine. Crack cocaine was small and sold cheap but people were so addicted to it that they would by more which made more profit for the dealers. The crack epidemic was when crack started to rise and was being used a lot in the United Kingdom around 1984-1990. But how did crack cocaine become crack cocaine? Well dealers resorted to adding sodium bicarbonate or ammonia to the powder to make it more volatile. Crack was in small batches in 1981. The police…

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  • War On Crack Cocaine

    The war on crack cocaine became publicized with help of the media and shortly after Ronald Reagan started his presidency his wife also joined in the “war on drugs”. She started the phrase “say no” which was a campaign assisted in creating a zero tolerance for drug usage. This campaign once more targeted blacks by targeting the drug forms that were mostly associated with them. More people that were addicted to drugs such as crack cocaine were subject to draconian penalties that were passed…

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  • Argumentative Essay On Drug War

    The Drug War is commonly known as America’s fight against the use and distribution of drugs. The most common amongst those drugs includes marijuana, methamphetamines, and cocaine. The war on drugs affects Americans in many different aspects, which include U.S. domestic policy, socio-economic effects, and public support or opposition to the war. As the drug war’s economic and social affects force us to question our political system, the ongoing disagreement of whether the war on drugs should…

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  • The Role Of Racism In Prisons

    in the ghetto were left jobless (Alexander, 2011). With no means of legitimate income in the inner-cities the appeal of selling illicit drugs such as crack cocaine increased as did the media coverage on the developing violence as a result of this drug market. The media portrayed crack as the destruction of urban communities because of black “crack whores” who had “crack babies” that would create a “subhuman” underclass; this coverage reinforced racial and criminal stereotypes of the black…

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  • Critical Evaluation On War On Drugs

    Critical Evaluation The so called “War on Drugs”, catalyzed by the emergence of crack cocaine, resulted in the mass incarceration of nearly one million individuals in the years between 1980 to 1996. In the decades following Ronald Reagan’s actions on substance abuse, communities around the United States experienced a dramatic increase in illegal drug persecution. However, the effects of the drug war were not felt evenly, as communities of ethnic and racial minorities suffered the worst of the…

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  • Mass Incarceration African Americans

    Americans are incarcerated at percentages that exceed any legitimate law enforcement interest. From 1979 to 1989, the arrests of African Americans for drug offenses went from 22% to 44% and the total number of arrests for drug abuse violations increased over 300%, from 112,748 to 452, 574. One particular aspect of the drug war that has contributed to these percentages is the sentencing disparities between powder cocaine and crack cocaine. The Drug Abuse Act of 1986 gave harsher sentencing for…

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  • The War On Drugs : Mandatory Minimum Sentencing For Drug Possession And Distribution

    rhetorical war on drugs, the Reagan administration began creating impactful laws and enforcement mechanisms. Beginning by transferring funds from drug education and drug treatment programs into drug related enforcement mechanisms was only a small indicator of what was to come next. The controversial Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 introduced mandatory minimum sentencing for drug possession and distribution (Alexander, 2010). Controversy did not rise from the idea of mandatory minimum sentencing,…

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