During month of April 2014 we will be looking at substances that are on the rise in Botswana. One of the substances on the rise is “crack cocaine”.
“Crack” is the name given to cocaine that has been processed and transformed into a more potent, smokable, “rock” form.
In BOSASNet we have seen an increasing number of clients seeking treatment for crack cocaine abuse and dependency.
Since opening doors in 2010, we have increasingly received clients with this challenge; majority of whom are aged between 20 and 30 years and are employed.
In a brief interview, Officer Commanding Narcotics, Fauna and Flora Investigations Unit, Detective Senior Superintendent, Miriam Kilano confirmed that crack cocaine (rock, letlapa) is the second most used illicit drug in Botswana, the first being marijuana.
Cocaine is a highly addictive substance, and crack cocaine is substantially more addictive, as the drug is far more potent, atuallt these two drugs, are two of the main reasons why people end up in rehab like the ones at https://firststepbh.com/blog/environmental-challenges-quitting-substance/.
Users quickly develop a tolerance to crack cocaine, needing more of the substance to achieve the desired effects.
The “high” from crack cocaine is short-lived (5-15 minutes) and users commonly smoke it repeatedly in order to sustain the “high”.
This is of great concern because a person can become addicted after his or her first time trying crack cocaine.
Crack cocaine users experience withdrawal symptoms when the drug’s effects wear off.
These symptoms can include depression, irritability, extreme fatigue, anxiety, an intense craving for the drug, and sometimes even psychosis.
Users will often keep using crack cocaine simply to avoid the negative effects of withdrawal.
Once a person is addicted to crack cocaine it starts to take over their life. Acquiring the drug may then become the most important thing to that person.
The drug is also expensive and maintaining the habit is financially crippling to the extent that, sometimes people sell their hard earned valuables (houses, cars, furniture etc) in order to maintain the addiction.
Crack users are at risk of, dangerously elevated blood pressure, increased heart rate and temperature, seizures and cardiac arrest as well as respiratory diseases, such as coughing, bleeding, shortness of breath, and lung trauma.
Recovery from crack cocaine is possible.
If you think that you might be dealing with a substance abuse issue, or if you have a friend or family member who does, we encourage you to seek help.
For some, it can mean the difference between life and death. You can find BOSASNet on Facebook, visit us on www.bosasnet.com, or call us on 3959119/3913490 or 72659891 for more information.