Crack cocaine, also known simply as crack or rock, is a free base form of cocaine that can be smoked.
Crack offers a short, intense high to smokers. The Manual of Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment calls it the most addictive form of cocaine.
Turning to Crack
Crack is rarely used by the uninitiated. Many times, crack is used by people who are already addicted to cocaine. In contrast to cocaine, which many call the “rich man’s drug,” crack is fairly cheap. This makes it accessible to all types of people–especially those in particularly vulnerable circumstances.
But as addicts need more of the drug to perpetuate their high, a crack addiction can spiral into a habit that costs between hundreds and thousands of dollars a week to maintain.