"Crack is Wack" by Keith Haring
When Keith Haring painted this mural, “Crack is Wack”, he was seeking a site that would have good visibility from nearby Harlem River Drive. Haring liked the deserted playground because he thought his message would be seen by the thousands of commuters going to and from Manhattan each day.
Haring’s message was clear – crack cocaine kills. He was trying to tell us all something very important, and was willing to trade a police summons for the chance to speak up. Twenty-five years later, crack cocaine still kills. Some statistics are below, swiped directly from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/cocaine
Cocaine: A Brief Description
Cocaine is a powerfully addictive central nervous system stimulant that is snorted, injected, or smoked. Crack is cocaine hydrochloride powder that has been processed to form a rock crystal that is then usually smoked.
Coke, snow, flake, blow
Cocaine usually makes the user feel euphoric and energetic, but also increases body temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate. Users risk heart attacks, respiratory failure, strokes, seizures, abdominal pain, and nausea. In rare cases, sudden death can occur on the first use of cocaine or unexpectedly afterwards.
Statistics and Trends
In 2009, 4.8 million Americans age 12 and older had abused cocaine in any form and 1.0 million had abused crack at least once in the year prior to being surveyed.Source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Web Site). The NIDA-funded 2010 Monitoring the Future Study showed that 1.6% of 8th graders, 2.2% of 10th graders, and 2.9% of 12th graders had abused cocaine in any form and 1.0% of 8th graders, 1.0% of 10th graders, and 1.4% of 12th graders had abused crack at least once in the year prior to being surveyed. Source: Monitoring the Future (University of Michigan Web Site).
SOURCE: National Institute on Drug Abuse, http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/cocaine