Behavior: Turning Increasingly to Cocaine

Among women, abuse of "the champagne of drugs " is growing

Christina, 33, a successful actress, began using cocaine to bolster her selfesteem. Too often she felt like a victim, but free-basing three to eight grams of coke a day, she recalls, "made everything all right." Her $3,000-a-week habit left her deep in debt, and after two years, she had her first attack of "coke bugs," a standard problem for free-basers, or smokers of cocaine. Her skin felt as if it were alive with fleas. She took four showers a day and rubbed her skin...

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