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Crack Epidemic

May 8th, 2008 · No Comments ·

Introduction, Chemistry, How It Works, Physiological Effects, Health Risk, Crack Epidemic, Crack on Black Crime, Crack Killed the 80s and 90s, History, Crack in America

Crack cocaine use has created an epidemic in many urban and inpoverished inner cities. Crack has historically been associated with an “increase in homicide, family disruption, and a breakdown in response capacity of the law enforcement system”. (Wachtler, 1990) Furthermore the effects of use have been to be fatal. Crack can and has been responsible for complications during pregnancy and delivery (Chasnoff, Landress, & Barrett, 1990), as well there is the association of crack use with inceased vulnerability to sexually transmitted diseases such a syphillis, and HIV/AIDS, especially amongst black women. The danger of drug use, and especially for those addicted to crack, is the users binge consumption in which all other neccesities of life are trumped by the need to get high. “ Personal safety, hygeiene, nutrition, and family or occupational responsibilty are frequently ignored”. (Fullilove et al.)


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