Crack, a drug with formidable addictive potential


DECRYPTION – Its propensity to quickly “hook” its user is explained by the way in which its active substance, cocaine, is ingested.

Its overkill addictive potential makes crack one of the most dreaded drugs around. “It often takes just a few catches for the consumer to find himself trapped”, explains the Dr Jean-Michel Delille, psychiatrist in Bordeaux and president of the Addiction Federation. This propensity to quickly “hook” its user is explained by the way in which its active substance, cocaine, is ingested. Crack is most often inhaled through a small pipe; the cocaine it contains is thus absorbed almost instantly by the body. The effect is as immediate as it is intense, but it is very brief because the quantity absorbed is small. The rise is violent, the descent is a “crash”, according to the Dr Delille, which pushes the consumer towards another take more and more closely.

“At first, the user will feel a feeling of euphoria, omnipotence and energy, emphasizes the psychiatrist. But this positive effect wears off quite quickly when the

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