Street names

Crack, Rock, Stone, Whites

What is it?

Crack is the freebase (purified) form of cocaine. It is prepared so that it can be smoked and comes in the form of a white rock. The name ‘crack’ is derived from the noise that the substance makes when it is smoked.

Crack can also be prepared for injection.

Crack costs approximately £10 per rock.

Effects

  • Effects last for approximately 5 minutes and crack reaches the brain more quickly than cocaine giving a more intense ‘hit’.

Short term effects can include:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature
  • Contracted blood vessels
  • Increased rate of breathing
  • Dilated pupils
  • Disturbed sleep patterns
  • Nausea
  • Bizarre, erratic, sometimes violent behaviour
  • Hallucinations, hyperexcitability, irritability
  • Tactile hallucination
  • Intense euphoria
  • Anxiety and paranoia
  • Depression
  • Panic and psychosis
  • Convulsions, seizures and sudden death from high doses

Long term effects and risks can include:

  • Permanent damage to blood vessels
  • Liver, kidney and lung damage
  • Respiratory problems
  • Infectious diseases and abscesses if injected
  • Malnutrition, weight loss
  • Auditory and tactile hallucinations
  • Disorientation, apathy, confused exhaustion
  • Irritability and mood disturbances
  • Increased frequency of risky behaviour
  • Delirium or psychosis
  • Severe depression
  • Tolerance and addiction