Social Effects Of Crack Is Wrack

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Crack is Wack In 2006, 8.6 million Americans over the age of 12 have admitted to having tried some form of crack cocaine (“Crack Cocaine Usage Statistics”). Considering the notorious effects of cocaine, that 's a very unsettling statistic. Whether snorted, smoked or injected, cocaine is an addictive and dangerous drug that is known for its prominence during the 1980s. It is common knowledge that crack has devastating effects on an individual 's body, but that may not be relevant to somebody who believes crack will not affect them if they abstain from usage.On the contrary, if crack starts to affect a large group of individuals, it can have negative societal and health effects that can negatively impact the communities in which it inhabits.…show more content…
Black mothers often, who are left to raise their children, were often stereotyped as crackheads and their children as “crack babies” (“Cocaine”). Stigma such as this was not beneficial to growth and prosperity for minorities. 80s babies, especially minorities, were written off as a lost generation doomed to destruction. This was not beneficial to the self esteem of the younger generation which psychologically affected the community as a whole. The feeling that this generation were unable to accomplish anything left them facilitated many into a life of crime (“Drugs and Gangs Plague African American Communities”). Laws against crack were biased to people of lower income and minorities. Crack cocaine, which was used mainly by poorer urban populations, was given a harsher sentence than powdered cocaine. This lead to disproportionate incarceration rates with African Americans being incarcerated at six times the rate of whites and non-white hispanics three times the rate of whites. In addition people with lower income were also subject to higher incarceration rates. 53% of jail populations made less than 10,000 dollars a year (“Drug and Gangs Plague African American Communities”). Powdered cocaine is a more expensive form of crack mostly used in the suburbs. Because of powdered cocaine having lighter sentences…show more content…
For example, if people used crack with heroin they can easily spread or encounter the disease by recreational use of needles as a means of getting high. The culture of crack use also contributed to the rise of AIDS and HIV. Users would often use crack in ‘Crack Houses’ with other addicts. ‘Crack Houses’ are abandoned buildings taken up by crack users which were often very dirty and had no sewage system, and therefore was perfect breeding grounds for AIDS and HIV (“Cocaine”). Users that engaged in risky relationships in order to attain crack also contributed to the spread of AIDS and HIV. Crack addicts may sell their bodies in order to support their habit. The effects of crack on health is devastating. It leaving individuals unable to perform their best and being functional members of society. This means, they cannot produce for their family or work a job because of their addiction (Barter). Crack alters behavior as well, often making users paranoid,aggressive and impulsive. Long term effects include: attention span problems, brain impairment and decreased problem solving

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