Cocaine used to be a preserve of the rich due to its expense, but is much more common now. People use it to feel more confident, talkative and alert.
What else is it called?
Coke, charlie, white, wash, toot, stones, snow, rocks, percy, pebbles, freebase, crack, ching, chang, C.
What does it look like?
‘Coke’ is a white powder. ‘Crack’ is a form of cocaine made into small lumps or rocks that makes a cracking noise when burnt. ‘Freebase’ cocaine is specially prepared ‘coke’ and is a crystal-like powder; it is less common than 'coke' and 'crack'.
What is its legal status?
- ‘Coke’, ‘freebase’ and ‘crack’ are all Class A drugs – that means they’re illegal to have, give away or sell.
- Possession can get you up to seven years in jail.
- Supplying someone else, including your friends, can get you life and an unlimited fine.
How much does it cost?
On average, a gram of coke powder generally costs £42. A crack rock costs between £10 and £20. Crack is sometimes sold cheaper by the slice or as a 'clubbing rock' for about £10.
What equipment do people use to take it?
Rolled up banknotes, razor blades or credit cards for cutting/crushing, mirrors. Coke is divided into lines and snorted up the nose. It is not easily smoked, unless specially prepared into ‘freebase’ or 'crack' cocaine. A rock of crack is about the size of a raisin. Like ‘freebase’, it's usually smoked in a pipe, glass tube, plastic bottle or in foil.
What about dependence/addiction?