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A love rose consists of a glass tube with a paper or plastic rose inside of it, and a bit of cork or foil on the ends to keep the rose from falling out. While ostensibly intended as romantic gifts, their primary known use is as a crack pipe by users of crack cocaine. They are commonly sold at convenience stores in the United States, particularly in inner-city locations.
Crack cocaine users remove the cork or foil from the ends, discard the rose, and put a small piece of copper scouring pad or similar metallic material into the end to act as a "filter". The pipes are not durable, and must be replaced often.
Another variant, likewise sold with a rose inside, has a round, boulbous shape opposite the open end of the glass tube, and is commonly used as a pipe for the consumption of methamphetamine. While it does not require the use of a metallic filter material, as with the variant used for crack cocaine, the user must remove the rose before its use as a pipe, as the rose's only purpose is to obscure the intended use of the tube, with the goal of circumventing laws prohibiting the sale of drug paraphernalia.
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- Reist, Margaret (January 16, 2005). "A rose by another name: crack pipe". Lincoln Journal Star (Nebraska). Retrieved 19 March 2013.
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