A CLOSER LOOK AT THE PUBLIC HEALTH SCARE CALLED “GEEKING”
- January 7, 2019
Have you ever heard someone use the term “geeking”? Unless you have battled addiction to crack cocaine or know someone who is currently using this drug, the chances are slim that you know about this term. Simply put, “geeking” is street slang for binge crack use, during which a person takes higher and higher doses of crack in one sitting (to achieve the ultimate high). Ultimately, you can understand how a habit like this can easily lead to addiction, as crack cocaine is one of the most addictive and highly dangerous drugs on the planet. Also, we should mention that the term “geeking” can also refer to a person’s intense paranoia (or temporary psychosis) that is experienced after crack binging. Let’s take a closer look at the public health scare called “geeking.”
Closer Look at Crack
Initially, cocaine is a natural derivative of the coca plant in South America. On the other hand, crack is created when the white powder is synthesized into gold or grayish brown crystals. So, why is it called “crack?” When the substance is heated, it produces a loud popping sound (or “cracking”).
The Commonality of “Geeking”
In a recent clinical study, researchers defined “crack binging” (or binge crack use) as consuming as much crack as humanly possible, until a person runs out of the drug or cannot consume another drop. During the experiment, the team assessed 155 test subjects to provide a detailed account of their crack use. Here is a closer look at where the subjects “geeked”:
- Friend’s Home: 47 subjects (30.3%)
- Home: 41 subjects (26.5%)
- Hotel: 41 subjects (26.5%)
- Crack House: 17 subjects (11%)
- Intimate Partner’s House: 13 subjects (8.4%)
- Public location: 10 subjects (6.5%)
According to the test subjects, a typical binge (“geeking” period) would last for approximately 3 days and about 40 cocaine rocks were utilized. Furthermore, 74 of the subjects explained that they quit “geeking” due to the obvious reason of running out of money (47.7%), while 81 of the subjects (52.3%) completely stopped due to physical exhaustion and sickness.
Seeking Treatment for Cocaine or Crack Addiction
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