Crack and the Social, Moral, and Econ...

Crack and the Social, Moral, and Economic Decay of the Inner City

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THE CRACKHEADS

Slidell, LA

#1 Sep 1, 2014
Crack and the Social, Moral, and Economic Decay of the Inner City

as evidenced by the chronic urban-decay in ST. LOUIS, CLEVELAND, DETROIT, FLINT, PHILLY, BOSTON, DENVER, CHICAGO, ATLANTA, DOUGLASVILLE, MEMPHIS, NEW ORLEANS, JACKSON, JACKSONVILLE, BIRMINGHAM, MONTGOMERY, BATON ROUGE, SHREVEPORT, MONROE, MIAMI, HUNTSVILLE, PITTBURG, ATLANTIC CITY, JERSEY CITY, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, WATTS, OAKLAND, TULSA, WASHINGTON D.C., CHARLOTTE, CHARLESTON, etc



Societal and ethnographic reports have link the arrival of crack to gang violence, high murder rates, poverty, and family disruption. Popular opinion seemed to indicate that the introduction of crack cocaine has led to increases in central-city crime and accelerated trends toward overall inner-city decay in America.. This manuscript will established (1) briefly what crack cocaine is (2) when it was introduced (3) if there is a direct link between the introduction of crack cocaine and an increase decadence in the social and economic life of the American community (4) and why this drug had such a significant influence.



Crack could be known as "the poor man's drug" because it provided an alternative to a more expensive drug, cocaine. The introduction of crack cocaine amounts to a technological innovation in the market for cocaine intoxication. Crack cocaine is a derivative of powered cocaine, made by dissolving cocaine powder in water, adding baking soda, and boiling the mixture until a solid base separates from the solution. This process does not change the chemical composition of the active cocaine alkaloid, but it does change the manner by which it may be ingested. Once converted into crack, the cocaine can be smoked, which allows the cocaine molecules to concentrate in the brain much more rapidly than is possible by taking powdered cocaine intranasally (Stein,1992). Because the euphoric effects of cocaine have more to do with the speed at which the alkaloid concentrates in the brain than with the level of the drug in the body, crack is the more intoxicating form of the drug. This fast delivery to the brain is cause by the large pulmonary area available for diffusion and absorption due to cocaine smoking (Ellwood and Gawin, 1988). Crack cocaine produces feelings of well-being, mental exhilaration, reduced appetite and great physical strength in the short term. The after-effects can include tiredness, depression, panic, anxiety and death. Long term users may believe to have develop tolerance, and therefore, are tempted to increase doses for a more intense effect which can lead to overdose. With continued use of this drug, paranoid psychosis can be seen (Cook and Laub, 1990). Since our course (MCB 165) deals much with the chemical effects of cocaine/crack, there is no need for much explanation on that particular topic.



Crack has become widespread phenomenon because of the user's strong physical dependency to it. Moreover, the price of crack is the same as powdered cocaine when measured on a molecule-for-molecule basis (Charles, 1993). Thus the process of synthesizing crack from powdered cocaine reduces the unit cost of cocaine intoxication, which defines the meaning of a "technological innovation" (Stein, 1992). Hence, we can observe the motivation in the birth of this particular "poor man's drug" in a chemical and economic point of view.



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joey

Mountain View, CA

#2 Sep 2, 2014
I believe all those cities you mentioned are run by democrats. That's where the decay comes from.
Coon the White House

Matawan, NJ

#3 Sep 2, 2014
No I know what is wrong with Obama
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#4 Sep 4, 2014
THANKS for the RESPONSES

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