Cocaine use seemed to spike in the 1980’s and then waned due to the rise in methamphetamines in the 1990’s and 2000’s. Now other synthetic forms of stimulants are increasing. Cocaine is much more expensive than most other drugs, which is one of the reasons why its use has decreased.
The number of substance abuse treatment admissions where cocaine was listed as the primary drug was 44 percent lower in 2010 than it was a decade earlier. Currently there are about 1,800 people who try cocaine for the first time each day, which is equal to more than 650,000 annually and is down from about one million in 2002.
In 2011, there were 1.4 million current cocaine users aged 12 or older in the United States. This represents a decrease of more than 40 percent since 2006.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant drug made from the leaves of the coca plant native to South America. It produces short-term euphoria as well as dangerous physical effects like raising heart rate and high blood pressure.
Cocaine still poses a significant threat in America, as evidenced by the total number of users and its high potential for abuse. If you are seeking information about interventions for cocaine addiction for a loved one, call to speak with a counselor today.