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East Providence is the fifth largest city in Rhode Island. According to the 2010 census East Providence has a population of 47,037. The city of East Providence is a suburb of the city of Providence. The Narragansett Bay and the Providence and Seekonk Rivers all border the city. East Providence is comprised of three villages which include East Providence Center, Riverside, and Rumford.
East Providence takes pride its heritage and is home to many well preserved historical sites. The city’s history dates back to 1641 when the northern half of East Providence was purchased by the Plymouth Colony from the local Indians. Settlers continued to purchase land throughout modern day Rhode Island. The “North Purchase” was made in 1661 which provided Plymouth with what is now Attleboro, North Attleboro and Cumberland. It was named Rehoboth and in 1812 the western half was separated as Seekonk, Massachusetts. In 1862 the western part Seekonk was ceded to Rhode Island and became East Providence. The city of East Providence is a place rich with history and beauty but regretfully the city is also fighting an ongoing drug problem.
Cocaine abuse in East Providence, Rhode Island
Cocaine and crack cocaine are a serious threat to the state of Rhode Island. More violent crimes are associated with cocaine than any other illicit drug in Rhode Island. Cocaine proves to be a persistent problem for the city of East Providence. Numerous cocaine related arrests have been made in recent years. The DEA is continuously making drug seizures but unfortunately it has not stopped the demand for the drug in Rhode Island. An ongoing worry for the residents of East Providence is the allure of cocaine and crack cocaine for teens and college students. Cocaine and crack cocaine have become popular among younger people because they are known to increase energy and focus. This can have devastating effects on the lives of young people and can lead to addiction, adverse health effects and even death.
Cocaine and Crack Cocaine
- Cocaine is derived from the leaves of the coca plant and it is a powerful nervous system stimulant. Cocaine is also referred to as coke, powder, snow, yeyo, blow, fine china, and white horse. It is most commonly crushed into a fine white powder and ingested through “snorting” or “sniffing” it up the nasal passage and into the sinus cavity. Cocaine can also be ingested by oral consumption, injection into the bloodstream, through suppository use and as an inhalant. Cocaine can have unpredictable effects on the user but generally effects include increased energy, obsessive behavior, wakefulness, uncontrollable twitching, loss of appetite, paranoia, alertness, teeth grinding, jaw clenching, sense of euphoria, insomnia, diarrhea, and increased libido and sexual stamina. The use of cocaine can also be very dangerous because it can raise the user’s blood pressure and put them at risk for heart attack and stroke. Cocaine users typically experience a coming down period when the effects of the drug begin to wear off. This coming down period usually includes feelings of irritability, anxiety, aggression, depression, the sensation of one’s flesh crawling and the strong urge to use cocaine again. Cocaine is highly addictive and extremely dangerous.
- Crack cocaine is the freebase form of cocaine that is generally smoked. Slang terms for crack cocaine include base, rock, crack, bazooka and candy. Crack cocaine is referred to as crack due to the crackling sound it makes while being manufactured or smoked. The effects of using crack cocaine include euphoria, loss of appetite, increased energy, alertness, insomnia, increased confidence and an intense urge to consume more crack cocaine. The effects are short lived and usually only last from ten minutes to a half an hour. When the effects of the drug begin to wear off the user experiences feelings of depression which usually makes the user want to consume more of the drug. Crack cocaine is also extremely addictive and dangerous.