coke, charles, charlie, white, lady, nice.
crack, stones, rock, pebbles, base, freebase.
Central nervous system stimulant.
As cocaine hydrochloride it is a white powder but as crack (video) it appears as off white lumps or rocks.
As a local anaesthetic.
euphoria, exhilaration, elation, confidence.
insomnia, loss of appetite, tension, aggression.
tolerance, paranoia, anxiety, overdose (possibly fatal).
Class A under the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1971.
How is it taken?
Snorted up the nose, injected, or smoked.
If snorted: razor blade, hard level surface (such as a mirror or glass), tube or rolled banknote
If injected: needles & syringes, water, swabs.
If smoked: tinfoil, matches/lighter, crack pipe (bong) either commercially manufactured in glass/ pyrex or home-made (video) from drinks can or glassware.
Crack, lumps in hand
Video of crack smoked in a home made water glass bong.
Putting the cocaine powder in the syringe.
Drawing water into the syringe.
A selection of home made bongs or pipes.
The glass bong with tinfoil and ash.
The rock of crack sitting on the ash.
The lighter held to the crack and getting ready to smoke.
Video of making a wrap.
Video of crack smokers debris.
Where does it come from?
The coca bush, erythroxylum coca, has been cultivated in the Andean region of South America for thousands of years and countries such as \P\K2map\kPeru, Bolivia and Colombia\p are still the main source of cocaine production today.
Recently, cocaine powder has become difficult to obtain in many large British cities as the illicit market is shifting to the more lucrative product, crack. Some pharmaceutical cocaine may be diverted from medical sources, such as hospitals, but this is rare.
Counselling agencies, drug dependency units and user self-help groups.