Cocaine is a powerful stimulant drug that can make you feel extremely happy and energized. Some health care providers use it as an anesthetic before surgery.
In most cases, though, cocaine is considered an illegal drug. Street dealers often mix powdered cocaine with water and baking soda and boil the mixture into a solid, rock-like substance called crack cocaine or just “crack.”
Crack Cocaine Street Value
A study from 2004 showed that crack cocaine prices ranged between $18 and $200, with the average cost being $109.
Reports from more recent years suggest the drug costs about $60 to $100 per gram. Most people only purchase one gram at a time. However, people who are addicted to crack may purchase much more, spending hundreds or thousands of dollars on the drug per day.
The specific price of crack varies depending on location. No matter where you live, though, crack cocaine usually costs less than the powder form of the drug. That’s because it’s less pure.
In other words, a gram of powder cocaine typically contains more cocaine than a gram of crack cocaine.
That’s why a crack cocaine high tends to be shorter than a powder cocaine high. Still, a crack high can cause serious health problems, such as:
- symptoms of psychosis, including paranoia and hallucinations (seeing, hearing, or feeling things that aren’t there)
- cocaine addiction
- cocaine overdose
Crack Cocaine Street Names
To avoid detection by law enforcement, people who sell and buy crack cocaine use street names for the drug. The most common street names include:
- Black rock
- Crunch & munch
- Devil drug
- Electric kool-aid
- Fat bags
- French fries
- Hard ball
- Hard rock
- Ice cube
- Jelly beans
- Prime time
- Purple caps
In addition, some people use the street names Dirty Fentanyl and Takeover to refer to crack cocaine mixed with fentanyl. Fentanyl is an extremely powerful opioid (pain relief drug) that’s responsible for numerous overdose deaths.
Some dealers add fentanyl to crack to provide a more intense high, often without telling the buyer.
Crack Cocaine Addiction
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies cocaine as a Schedule II controlled substance. That means they use of cocaine, including crack use, poses a high risk of abuse and addiction.
People who are addicted to crack cocaine experience tolerance and dependence. Tolerance means they need increasingly higher doses of the drug to feel the desired effects.
Dependence means they require the drug to function normally. Without it, they may experience withdrawal symptoms such as fatigue, depression, nightmares, trouble sleeping, and slowed thinking.
Crack Cocaine Addiction Treatment
If you or a loved one struggles with cocaine addiction, it’s important to seek help at a substance abuse and drug addiction treatment center. These centers offer recovery-focused services such as:
- medical detox, in which a team of health care professionals can help you slowly and safely get crack out of your system
- mental health counseling, in which you can identify drug use triggers and develop healthy coping skills
- wellness activities like exercise and meditation
To learn more about treatment options for crack cocaine addiction, please reach out to an ARK Behavioral Health specialist today.