My question is stimulated by the adventures of Patrick Clayton that took hostages at our Workmen’s Compensation Board offices several years ago. See for example http://www.edmontonjournal.com/health/hostage+taker+loses+court+appeal/9417645/story.html .
Is crack cocaine an effective pain killer? I would have thought that if someone was desperate enough to resort to street drugs for pain that they would gravitate to heroin or other heavy-duty opiates. Note that for the purposes of this question I am not particularly concerned about the legalities, just whether it is sensible.