Problems using Crack
Because the crack high is so short and so intense, people often want to take more as soon as the effects start to wear off. Crack users often “binge” and “crash”, meaning they smoke it over and over in a short period, and then have feelings of intense depression, sluggishness and hunger afterwards. Withdrawal symptoms are incredibly strong for about a week, but users continue to have cravings for up to two years afterwards. Anything a person associates with using crack can trigger a craving: this could be anger, joy, or even a song or a movie. As time goes on, these triggers will get less common, but they will continue to exist for years after the person stops using.
Because crack is inhaled through the lungs, it can cause all sorts of breathing problems, such as coughing, bleeding, shortness of breath, and lung trauma.
The hot pipe can leave burns on your lips and because the smoke passes through your mouth it can cause teeth problems like cavities, graying of the teeth and tooth-decay. When you have mouth burns and sores and share pipes with other crack users, it makes you much more likely to get diseases like Hepatitis C.
Some crack users experience dangerous hallucinations such as believing there are bugs crawling on their skin. People experiencing these hallucinations might scratch themselves and cause serious skin damage and bleeding.
Crack use can also cause paranoia and aggressive or violent outbursts.
People die from smoking crack, sometimes even from the very first time they use it. Often it’s because you’ve overdosed. Sometimes it is because a poison has been mixed in with the crack or because your body has reacted to it in an unexpected way.