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4 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Crack, America's Most Vilified Drug

When it comes to crack, racism leads to rampant misinformation.

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Dr. Hart explained that the half-life for crack-cocaine is less than an hour, whereas amphetamines and marijuana have half-lives up to twenty-four hours. "The pharmacological effects are short-lived, so notions about appetite suppression and decreased sleep for long periods of time is just not consistent with pharmacology."

Kristen Gwynne is an associate editor and drug policy reporter at AlterNet.  Follow her on Twitter: @KristenGwynne

 
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