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Old 07-27-2009, 12:12 PM
 
Location: downtown Sarasota
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Actually there isn't a crack problem in most of Florida--methamphetimine is a much larger issue. And it's really bad in the rural areas like where you live!
These days, right on!
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Old 07-27-2009, 12:30 PM
 
Location: anywhere
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I saw a lot of friends fight a losing battle with crack during the 80's and 90's and most are now in jail, dead or hanging on by a thread addicted to something else although a few, thank God, have turned their lives around. But this meth stuff? I have never seen anything like it and actually thank God that stuff was not in the mainstream back then as I feel you at least have a chance at recovering from a crack addiction.

I ended up at a gas station on a weekday afternoon in Plant City and I swear I was surrounded by tweakers. I was told later that you can go there any time day or night and the place is just crawling with them. Don't know why and I most certainly will not be going back but gosh my heart just breaks for these barely living zombies. I just don't see how one can come back from that.
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Old 07-27-2009, 12:46 PM
 
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I saw a lot of friends fight a losing battle with crack during the 80's and 90's and most are now in jail, dead or hanging on by a thread addicted to something else although a few, thank God, have turned their lives around. But this meth stuff? I have never seen anything like it and actually thank God that stuff was not in the mainstream back then as I feel you at least have a chance at recovering from a crack addiction.

I ended up at a gas station on a weekday afternoon in Plant City and I swear I was surrounded by tweakers. I was told later that you can go there any time day or night and the place is just crawling with them. Don't know why and I most certainly will not be going back but gosh my heart just breaks for these barely living zombies. I just don't see how one can come back from that.
One good thing is that that researchers have found that crack babies who are now teens don't seem to have that many learning or other problems--different from what people had feared. Alcohol abuse during pregnancy, on the other hand, usually has terrible effects.
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Old 07-27-2009, 12:49 PM
 
Location: southern california
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what facinates me about drugs florida and everywhere else, esp cocaine, is that i dont know any kids that have the money to buy it, so where does the money come to buy it, for a multimillion dollar industry????
how much allowance do you give your kid? remember a "my kid' now adays is anybody under 45 years of age living at home.
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Old 07-27-2009, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Miami
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^^^I agree adults make up a good part of the drug market. But teenage kids are also buying drugs. A kids down the street from me, doesn't work, gets an allowance, and I have caught him smoking a pot pipe in the neighborhood.
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Old 07-27-2009, 12:58 PM
 
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what facinates me about drugs florida and everywhere else, esp cocaine, is that i dont know any kids that have the money to buy it, so where does the money come to buy it, for a multimillion dollar industry????
how much allowance do you give your kid? remember a "my kid' now adays is anybody under 45 years of age living at home.
Crack is cheap, that's why it caught on in lower income areas. I don't think it's young teens using crack -- they'd be more likely to sell it than use. I've met a few people who used it, and they started using it as adults. I think most people progress through years of alcohol abuse and/or other drugs before getting to crack.
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Old 07-27-2009, 02:45 PM
 
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From what I know, while still a problem in US cities, crack has largely taken a back seat to meth and to an even greater degree, cheap high quality Mexican heroin. This is largely due to the rise of the mexican drug cartels in recent years.
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Old 07-27-2009, 03:17 PM
 
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^^^I agree adults make up a good part of the drug market. But teenage kids are also buying drugs. A kids down the street from me, doesn't work, gets an allowance, and I have caught him smoking a pot pipe in the neighborhood.
Well, teenage kids have been using pot for decades now. But I think you'd have to be pretty hardcore to get into crack at that age.
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Old 07-27-2009, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Miami
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^^^Kids aren't the ones doing crack, adults are usually the ones doing crack.
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Old 07-27-2009, 07:24 PM
 
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^^^Kids aren't the ones doing crack, adults are usually the ones doing crack.
I did know one person in college who use crack in high school. But she wasn't a crackhead. It was just one of many drugs she was on.
Somehow she managed to basically still get straight A's doing all that stuff. And she was usually on something when writing term papers. Getting an A for a paper she wrote on acid, or drunk. Very very smart, but not a very good use of her mind, looking back on it.
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