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PES 2018 Crack


In a cohort of 13,312 drug abusers, researchers at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health found that crack use is linked to cardiovascular disease, liver disease, and a faster progression of HIV. Findings were substantiated by the largest study of crack-cocaine use among primarily African-American women. Users were more likely to engage in sex, sexually transmitted diseases, or multiple sexual partners. Compared to crack-only users, crack-cocaine users were more likely to report needlestick injuries and experience depression.




PES 2018 Crack



Findings may have important policy implications. Healthcare providers and systems must assess the cardiovascular health of patients with no prior history of crack abuse. Infrequent use does not lessen the impact of crack use on the health of an individual.


Findings provide insights into the public health effects of crack use. These findings may inform policy decisions. Crack use during pregnancy may also increase risks of low birth weight, preterm delivery, and small-for-gestational-age children.


As far as prices go, the average street price of a gram of pure cocaine is between $100-120, or a rock is $50-100, depending on a number of factors. A thousand dollars is the going rate for 10 grams of pure cocaine, and a gram of crack usually costs $100-150. A fourteenth of an ounce of crack usually costs $10-25. To put that in perspective, crack is approximately one quarter the price of cocaine.


Recently, crack has seen a decline in prices. A 1/8 ounce of cocaine in 1996 typically sold for between $180-400, a gram of crack cost between $35-100 in the early 2000s, and according to a 2009 crack price report by the Drug Policy Alliance , a 1/8 ounce of crack sold for $100-150 in 2010, and a gram cost approximately $14 in 2010. This price information, and statistics for the National Drug Threat Survey, are drawn from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Information System (NDDIS) data obtained from the National Institute of Justice, National Drug Threat Survey: an issue brief.


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