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Crack cocaine

Crack cocaine

Crack cocaine is made by mixing cocaine with baking soda to make small rocks. It provides intense but short-lived feelings of euphoria, energy and talkativeness. Sustained use can lead to serious lung problems, dangerously elevated heart rate and overdose.

What else is it called?

Rock, stones, gravel

What does it look like?

Raisin-sized, off-white crystals like small stones

What is its legal status?

Class A

How much does it cost?

Around £10 for a 'rock'

What equipment do people use to take it?

Special pipes or improvised ones using plastic bottles, cans or glass tubes. When it is mixed with heroin and injected, this is known as a 'speedball'.

What about dependence/addiction?

Crack is extremely addictive.