Roxanne, candy, sugar, electric cool aid, glo – no matter what you call it, it’s highly addictive and dangerous. After only a few decades in the American scene, crack cocaine has skyrocketed in popularity. Test your knowledge of this insidious drug.start quiz
Question 1 of 10
Crack rocks contain between:
... Crack rocks contain between 75 percent and 90 percent pure cocaine.
Question 2 of 10
How do most users ingest crack?
... Most users smoke crack, although in rare cases, they may inject it. To smoke crack cocaine, the user places the drug into a small glass pipe sometimes called a "straight shooter."
Question 3 of 10
Crack is primarily involved with increasing the effect of which chemical messenger associated with releasing a pleasurable feeling in the brain?
... Crack traps the chemical dopamine in the spaces between nerve cells. Dopamine creates the feelings of pleasure we get from enjoyable activities such as eating and having sex. But in crack users, dopamine keeps stimulating those cells, creating a euphoric feeling.
Question 4 of 10
How soon after ingestion does the user start to feel the effects of crack cocaine?
... Because crack is inhaled as a smoke, it reaches the brain much faster than inhaled powder cocaine. While the user can feel the effects of powder cocaine in 10 to 15 minutes after ingestion, crack can get to the brain and create a high within 10 to 15 seconds. The crack cocaine high can last anywhere from five to 15 minutes.
Question 5 of 10
To make crack, powder cocaine is dissolved in a mixture of water and either:
... To make crack, powder cocaine is dissolved in a mixture of water and either ammonia or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). The mixture is boiled to separate out the solid, and then it's cooled. The solid is then dried and cut up into small nuggets or "rocks."
Question 6 of 10
Crack cocaine typically costs:
... Crack cocaine costs significantly less than its powdered counterpart. Because of its cheap cost and quick and intense high, crack cocaine quickly gained popularity among users, especially in poor urban areas.
Question 7 of 10
How many times would you have to take crack before you are at increased risk for heart attack, stroke, respiratory problems and severe mental disorders?
... People who take crack even a few times are at increased risk for heart attack, stroke, respiratory problems and severe mental disorders.
Question 8 of 10
Which of the following is not an effect of crack?
... Crack causes your blood pressure to increase, not decrease. In large amounts, crack can make a person extremely aggressive, paranoid or delusional.
Question 9 of 10
What substance taken with crack can produce a toxic chemical called cocaethylene?
... If crack is taken with alcohol, the two substances can combine in the liver to produce a chemical called cocaethylene. This is a toxic and potentially fatal substance that produces a more intense high than crack alone but also raises heart rate and blood pressure more than crack alone, leading to its potentially deadly results.
Question 10 of 10
The most popular treatment for crack addiction is:
... Behavioral therapies are currently the most common way to treat crack addiction. One of the most popular behavioral therapies is contingency management, which rewards addicts for staying drug-free by giving them vouchers for everything from movies to gym memberships. Another approach is cognitive-behavioral therapy, which teaches people how to avoid and/or deal with situations in which they might be tempted to use crack.
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