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Cocaine Base (Crack Cocaine)

As mentioned above, powder cocaine cannot be smoked unless chemically
altered using the dangerous freebasing technique. Late summer of 1985, New
York City drug dealers put an end to the need for freebasing powder cocaine.
These same drug entrepreneurs would revolutionize the sale of cocaine and
bring terror to the streets of America.

The exact inventor of crack cocaine is unknown, but the lasting effects of
their discovery is well documented. The benefits of cocaine base (crack) for
the drug dealers have only been surpassed by the problems it has created for
society in general. In many ways crack is the perfect drug. As we will see,
crack cocaine was a stroke of marketing genius.

Powder cocaine is messy and hard to handle, crack however is a hard [Image]
rock-like substance easy to handle and conceal. Powder cocaine has
to be inhaled or injected. Inhaling cocaine creates a variety of sinus and
nasal problems. Inhaling also takes longer for the drug to take affect.
Injecting powder cocaine to get a better and faster high became very
unpopular with advent of the A.I.D.S. crisis. Powder cocaine is frequently
cut or mixed with a variety of substances in order to raise profit mar- gins
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