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COCA IS NOT COCAINE #2. Crack Addicts.


Héctor Mediavilla

Cocaine is an addictive stimulant which increases dopamine, a neurotransmitter of some parts of the brain. The pure chemical substance, the cocaine clorhidrate, has been used since more than a hundred years in Western countries. The cocaine base paste is the mixture that hasn’t been yet neutralized by an acid to produce the salt. It is cheaper than cocaine clorhidrate, more addictive and causes fast and irreversible damage to consumers. It is the most popular way of consumption among middle to low and lower classes. Cocaine base is usually smoked and produces to the consumer mixed feelings of euphoria, panic and insomnia. Often, the addict has paranoid thoughts that result in panic attacks.


 

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Salomon smokes cocaine base in room number 8 of Mayo sector in San Pedro jail.

La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia - 21/09/2006

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An addict high on cocaine base and probably other drugs sits in Buenos Aires avenue.

La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia - 08/12/2007

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A homeless high on cocaine base inhalates glue or eter from a plastic bag in a uncrowded street.

La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia - 01/12/2007

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A homeless teenager high on cocaine base has a panic attack, which is one of the common reactions.

La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia - 01/12/2007

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A homeless teenager high on cocaine base sits in Buenos Aires avenue, next to two friends who are already aslept.

La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia - 01/12/2007

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A homeless teenager high on cocaine base and other drugs in Buenos Aires avenue.

La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia - 01/12/2007

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A teenager high on cocaine base stands in the market area of El Alto. He was on a fight the night before but he doesn't remmember it.

El Alto, La Paz, Bolivia - 02/12/2007

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Blasto S. stands in a shared room of the Telho pension where addicts sleep for one US dollar per night. Blasto is part of a rich family who rejected him after years of addiction. He has tried several rehabilitation programs with no sucess.

La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia - 08/12/2007

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