Crack cocaine is commonly smoked in a pipe with a metallic filter made from a steel wool scouring pad. We report an unusual complication of smoking crack cocaine: the aspiration and ingestion of a Brillo pad filter. A 34-year-old female presented 7 h after drinking beer and smoking crack. She was concerned that she might have inhaled the \"screen\" from her crack pipe, a piece of Brillo pad the size of her fingertip. She complained of \"burning\" in her throat, a foreign body sensation, and change in her voice, but no dyspnea, dysphagia, or abdominal pain. On physical examination, she was afebrile with a pulse of 105 beats/min and respiratory rate of 24 breaths/min. She was tearful and spoke in a whisper. There were no visible oropharyngeal burns and the lungs were clear to auscultation, but she had intermittent inspiratory stridor. The O2 saturation was 96%, and the ethanol concentration was 100 mg/dl. No foreign body or burn was seen on indirect laryngoscopy. A lateral neck x-ray study showed a normal epiglottis and no foreign body. Chest x-ray studies were unremarkable. Fiberoptic laryngoscopy showed left posterior arytenoid edema and swelling. An abdominal x-ray study revealed a foreign body in the right lower quadrant consistent with the Brillo pad filter. The next morning, the patient was asymptomatic and was discharged, recovering without sequellae. While crack pipe screen aspiration is a rarely reported event, physicians should be aware of the potential for foreign body aspiration and ingestion by this mechanism.
Although crack and cocaine are both derived from the cocoa plant, cocaine is the drug in a powdered form. To make crack, cocaine powder is mixed with water and another substance, typically baking soda. The mixture is boiled, solidified, and broken into small, uneven chunks that pop and crackle when hot. Cocaine is usually snorted. While crack can be injected, it is typically smoked or inhaled. Both are dangerous, highly addictive drugs that ravage the mind and body very quickly, and both can lead to many serious effects, including stroke, seizures, and cardiac arrest.Although crack is substantially less expensive than regular cocaine, it becomes very costly when the brain becomes accustomed (or tolerant) to the drug and increasingly larger doses of crack are needed to achieve the desired high.
Crack cocaine is usually smoked or freebased, but it can also be injected, often by heating the crack in the bowl of a spoon. A hypodermic needle is inserted into the warm liquid before it is injected.Crack users are often creative when it comes to containers, which might include small plastic bags, empty lipstick containers, pill bottles, empty cigarette packs, or breath mint containers.
The results of a glass pipe left without being cleaned for multiple smoke sesh's in a row is harmful to your body. See how dark your bowl gets after just one use The same thing goes for your lungs. Tar and resin begin to build upon your bowl and your lungs after one use. These contaminants contain mold and harvest bacteria growth.
Drop your dirty glass piece into resealable Res bag. Move the pipe around in the solution for about 30 seconds. Massage it to get the solution in all the right places. You'll notice the tar and resin coming off right before your eyes. It's honestly mind-blowing, guys.
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Before you drop that glass pipe into your Res Gel shake bag, heat the bowl by holding a lighter to it for about 20 to 30 seconds. Heating the glass bowl will loosen up the resin and allow you to scrape it out. Ask your girlfriend for a bobby pin, bend the bobby pin open, and scrape along the bowl to collect all the pipe resin. Roll the resin into a ball with your fingers. Yes, it's sticky, but you can clean off your fingers with a little Resolution Gel.
Place your cute little resin ball back in the bowl to smoke. Or set it aside to smoke out of your clean glass weed pipe! Be forewarned, resin tastes terrible, but if you can muscle through it, you'll be high and not give a flip.
In total, 1085 participants who had smoked crack in the prior six months were eligible for the analysis, of which 379 (34.9 %) reported always or usually smoking crack in public in the previous six months at some point during the study period. Factors positively and independently associated with public crack smoking included public injection drug use (adjusted odds ratio [AOR]: 5.42, 95 % confidence interval [CI]: 3.76-7.82), homelessness (AOR: 3.48, 95 % CI: 2.77-4.36), at least daily crack use (AOR: 2.69, 95 % CI: 2.19-3.31), crack pipe sharing (AOR: 1.98, 95 % CI: 1.60-2.46), drug dealing (AOR: 1.59, 95 % CI: 1.30-1.94), recent incarceration (AOR: 1.47, 95 % CI: 1.09-1.98), noticing police presence when buying or using drugs (AOR: 1.30, 95 % CI: 1.06-1.60), and younger age (AOR: 1.03, 95 % CI: 1.01-1.04). Rushed public crack smoking, which was reported by 216 (28.8 %) of 751 participants who had smoked crack in public at least once during the study period, was positively and independently associated with homelessness (AOR: 2.61, 95 % CI: 1.96-3.49), at least daily crack use (AOR: 1.48, 95 % CI: 1.11-1.98), crack pipe sharing (AOR: 1.44, 95 % CI: 1.10-1.89), drug dealing (AOR: 1.39, 95 % CI: 1.04-1.86), and younger age (AOR: 1.02, 95 % CI: 1.01-1.04).
Table 2 presents the results of the bivariable and multivariable GEE analyses. In multivariable GEE analyses, factors that remained positively and independently associated with public crack smoking included: public injection drug use (adjusted odds ratio [AOR]: 5.42, 95 % confidence interval [CI]: 3.76-7.82), homelessness (AOR: 3.48, 95 % CI: 2.77-4.36), at least daily crack use (AOR: 2.69, 95 % CI: 2.19-3.31), crack pipe sharing (AOR: 1.98, 95 % CI: 1.60-2.46), drug dealing (AOR: 1.59, 95 % CI: 1.30-1.94), recent incarceration (AOR: 1.47, 95 % CI: 1.09-1.98), noticing police presence (AOR: 1.30, 95 % CI: 1.06-1.60), and younger age (AOR: 1.03, 95 % CI: 1.01-1.04).
Of the 751 participants who smoked crack in public at least once, rushed public crack smoking was reported by 216 (28.8 %) participants at least once during the study period. Table 3 shows the factors positively and independently associated with rushed public crack smoking in multivariable GEE analyses, which included: homelessness (AOR: 2.61, 95 % CI: 1.96-3.49), at least daily crack use (AOR: 1.48, 95 % CI: 1.11-1.98), crack pipe sharing (AOR: 1.44, 95 % CI: 1.10-1.89), drug dealing (AOR: 1.39, 95 % CI: 1.04-1.86), and younger age (AOR: 1.02, 95 % CI: 1.01-1.04).
Individuals who used crack in public in the present study demonstrated higher odds of recent incarceration and noticing police presence. These findings echo other research that has found that individuals who use drugs in public are often involved in the criminal justice system [23, 33, 34, 37] and are often fearful of, hassled, or shamed by police, which may perpetuate drug use in riskier environments perceived to be less exposed to police (e.g., alleys, dumpsters, hidden doorways) [26, 35]. However, such hidden environments often pose high risk for fatal overdose due to individuals being out of sight from passersby, injury or infection due to hazardous litter that is frequently found in such areas (e.g., used needles or crack pipes), or lack of access to sterile supplies in such settings [21, 26].
In summary, a high prevalence of public crack smoking and rushed public crack smoking was observed in this study. These behaviours were associated with an array of factors highlighting the vulnerability of this population, including homelessness, younger age, public injection drug use, daily crack use, crack pipe sharing, exposure to law enforcement, and involvement in drug dealing. These findings point to the need for implementing and evaluating evidence-based social, structural, and public health interventions, such as supervised inhalation facilities, to reduce the risks and harms associated with smoking crack in public.
Crack is the street name given to the freebase form of cocaine that has been processed from the powdered cocaine hydrochloride form to a smokable substance. The term \"crack\" refers to the crackling sound heard when the mixture is smoked. Crack cocaine is processed with ammonia or sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and water, and heated to remove the hydrochloride.
Because crack is smoked, the user experiences a high in less than 10 seconds. This rather immediate and euphoric effect is one of the reasons that crack became enormously popular in the mid 1980s. Another reason is that crack is inexpensive both to produce and to buy.
The principal routes of cocaine administration are oral, intranasal, intravenous, and inhalation. The slang terms for these routes are, respectively, \"chewing,\" \"snorting,\" \"mainlining\" or \"injecting,\" and \"smoking\" (including freebase and crack cocaine). Snorting is the process of inhaling cocaine powder through the nostrils, where it is absorbed into the bloodstream through the nasal tissues. Injecting releases the drug directly into the bloodstream, and heightens the intensity of its effects. Smoking involves the inhalation of cocaine vapor or smoke into the lungs, where absorption into the bloodstream is as rapid as by injection. The drug can also be rubbed onto mucous tissues. Some users combine cocaine powder or crack with heroin in a \"speedball.\"
Later I got home and worked my Google , and quickly discovered that I'd learned a brand new lesson in drug paraphernalia. The term \"rose in a glass\" does in fact refer to just that, a silk rose in a glass tube, purchased in bulk from vendors in China. The rose, however, is incidental, because it's the glass that serves the purpose the young lady at the store wanted