Articles tagged with Crack Cocaine

Cocaine, Leg Warmers & Drug Wars

If LSD was the 60s and Ecstasy was the 90s, the drug that characterized the 80s was undoubtedly cocaine. The memories and cultural achievements of the decade taste forgot should be enough evidence to stop coke use forever. Here are a few: deedy boppers, Duran Duran, shellsuits, perms, leg warmers, estate agents - the list is endless. Cocaine use hit its peak in the US in 1985 with over 5.7 million users (nearly 3% of the population) using cocaine at least "once every month".

Crack Cocaine Basics

Crack cocaine is a schedule II narcotic by federal classification, guidelines for which are found in The Controlled Substances Act, enacted by Congress in 1970. While cocaine is a derived from the South American coca plant and processed by reducing it to a white powdered substance, crack is produced from the powder by “washing” with either ammonia or a dissolved fluid product made from baking soda. Because these are common household items, crack can be produced and sold cheaply and created simply; as a result, it became a highly popular and widely abused drug in the 1980s. Street Names for Crack Crack cocaine has many nicknames, including:

Crack Cocaine Testing

Those who are in drug/alcohol treatment may be required to test frequently, especially when granted permission to leave the program for any purpose. Various methods of testing are used to determine use of crack cocaine. Types of tests that can detect the presence of crack cocaine include: Urine tests Hair analysis tests Saliva tests Blood tests Urine samples are the most frequently used testing samples. They will indicate the presence of many of the most commonly used illicit drugs.