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Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Treatment for Stimulant Use Disorders. Rockville (MD): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US); 1999. (Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 33.)

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Treatment for Stimulant Use Disorders.

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Figure 5-1: Effects of Route of Administration for Cocaine and MA

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Effects of Route of Administration for Cocaine and MA
Route of Administration Form of Drug Onset of Action for Cocaine and MA Duration of "High"
OralPowder/pill10 to 30 minutes45 to 90 minutes for cocaine
3 to 5 hours for MA
IntranasalPowder3 to 5 minutes10 to 20 minutes for cocaine
IntravenousSolution5 to 10 seconds10 to 20 minutes for cocaine
4 to 6 hours for MA
InhalationCrack cocaine/Ice (MA)5 to 10 seconds5 to 20 minutes for crack
8 to 24 hours for ice
Sources: Cook, 1991; Gold, 1997; Gold and Miller, 1997; Sowder and Beschner, 1993.

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