National Institutes of Health

Cocaine (Coke, Crack) Facts

Cocaine is a white powder. It can be snorted up the nose or mixed with water and injected with a needle. Cocaine can also be made into small white rocks, called crack. It's called crack because when the rocks are heated, they make a cracking sound. Crack is smoked in a small glass pipe.

Cocaine can make a person feel full of energy, but also restless, scared, or angry.

Some slang names for cocaine are:

  • Coke
  • Coca
  • Snow
  • Flake
  • Blow
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"My life was built around getting cocaine and getting high."

Young woman sitting outside

Barbara is recovering from her cocaine addiction. She's thankful that her life is different now than it was before. (Photo information)

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