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Consequences of Crack Abuse

Women who abuse crack are in danger of facing many consequences. Whether you choose to only smoke the drug once or you are a chronic user, crack abuse causes many problems in a woman’s life that she may not have expected. Consider the consequences of crack abuse, and seek help if you already feel as if crack has taken too much from your life.


According to CESAR, “Smoking a substance allows it to reach the brain more quickly than any other routes of administration, and compulsive cocaine use will develop even more rapidly if the substance is smoked rather than snorted.” Because crack cocaine is almost always smoked, “a person can become addicted after his or her first time trying crack cocaine.”

Crack addiction can cause many problems in a woman’s life, such as:

  • Work or school related-issues that may even lead to getting fired or being expelled
  • Relationship or family issues that sometimes cause a rift so wide that it cannot be fixed after treatment
  • Legal problems where a woman may go to jail for selling or using crack
  • Life satisfaction issues that are caused by the fact that she will constantly be chasing the first high


“Even one use can cause overdose or death,” according to CESAR. This is often because a chronic crack user may not know what is in the drug or how much of it she is smoking. The CDC states, “Among illicit drugs, cocaine was involved in 482,000” visits to the ED in 2008. Cocaine and crack overdose is very dangerous and can cause heart attack, stroke, and respiratory failure.

Many of the deaths caused by crack cocaine overdose are accidental, as the person did not realize how much of the drug she was taking. Crack is often abused in a binge patten because its effects only last for about fifteen minutes at the most. This is why people who abuse crack are so in danger of overdose.

Long-Term Health Effects

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Crack is highly addictive, and it can interfere with and harm many aspects of life.

Even for someone who doesn’t experience overdose, there are many long-term health effects caused by crack smoking, including:

  • Constricted blood vessels
  • Heart disease
  • Brain seizures
  • “Reproductive damage and infertility”
  • Tolerance
  • Dependence
  • “Severe depression”
  • Paranoia
  • Mood disturbances
  • Hallucinations

People who smoke crack often experience many of the same issues experienced by cocaine abusers. However, the DOJ states that “crack users may experience acute respiratory problems, including coughing, shortness of breath, and lung trauma and bleeding.” Smoking crack has dangers all its own when it comes to health, and a woman who abuses cocaine will often become very paranoid and aggressive the longer she does so.

Other Risks

The DOJ states, “Crack cocaine is a Schedule II substance under the Controlled Substances Act,” which means that crack is an illegal drug. Abusing it can lead to serious legal consequences, even the first time she abuses the drug. It can also cause someone to do things she would not normally do, like put herself into a dangerous situation in order to get more of the drug.

Crack cocaine causes serious consequences for users, many of which they do not consider or realize until its already happened. Knowing the consequences of crack cocaine use can help prevent them, possibly in your life and in someone else’s.

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