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  • Drug Overdose Facts
  • Crack is made by dissolving powdered cocaine with water and ammonia or baking soda, which is then boiled until a solid substance forms. The solid is removed from the liquid, dried, and then broken into the chunks (rocks) that are sold as crack cocaine.
  • Individuals with co-occurring alcohol and other drug use disorders may have more severe dependence-related problems than those without combined disorders.
  • Although national rates for hospital emergency department (ED) mentions of club drugs were low in 2002 (with none exceeding 2 mentions per 100,000 population) and no increases were measured from 2001 to 2002, significant increases in certain club drug mentions were apparent from 1995 to 2002. MDMA ED mentions, for example, increased from 421 in 1995 to 4,026 in 2002; and GHB ED mentions increased from 145 in 1995 to 3,330 in 2002.
  • High concentrations of inhalants in the body may result in death from heart failure or suffocation (inhalants displace oxygen in the lungs).
  • Individuals aged 30-59 who are heavy drinkers tend to experience the physical consequences of their alcohol use including to alcohol related liver disease, alcohol pancreatitis, several types of cancer, disorders of the heart and circulatory system, alcohol-related brain disorders, and other adverse effects upon the endocrine and immune system.
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