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Cocaine

coke, charles, charlie, white, lady, nice, crack, stones, rock, pebbles, base, freebasey

Alcoholic Drinks

Common names

Powder:

coke, charles, charlie, white, lady, nice.

Base:

crack, stones, rock, pebbles, base, freebase.

Generic name

Cocaine.

Scientific name

Cocaine hydrochloride.

Action

Central nervous system stimulant.

Drug form

As cocaine hydrochloride it is a white powder but as crack (video) it appears as off white lumps or rocks.

Medical use

As a local anaesthetic.

Drug effects

Desired:

euphoria, exhilaration, elation, confidence.

Side-effects:

insomnia, loss of appetite, tension, aggression.

Risks

Short-term:

tolerance, paranoia, anxiety, overdose (possibly fatal).

Long-term:

dependence, psychosis.

Legal status

Class A under the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1971.

How is it taken?

Snorted up the nose, injected, or smoked.

Paraphernalia

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.

Images

Cocaine forms.
Crack, lumps in hand

Cocaine preparation.
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.


Other Cocaine.
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.

Helping services

Counselling agencies, drug dependency units and user self-help groups.