Decline in Cocaine Abuse in the United States

in Substance Abuse

In 2011, a reported 1.4 million people in the United States used cocaine, down from the 2.6 million people who used the illegal drug in 2006.

The number of people addicted to cocaine also dropped in 2011, with 800,000 people claiming that they were addicted, compared to 1.7 million cocaine addicts in 2006. The number of first time uses of cocaine also dropped with 670,000 first time users in 2011, compared to 1 million back in 2002.

The number of people who overdosed from cocaine in the United States in 2010 was 4,183. In 2006, there were 7,448 deaths related to cocaine overdose.

(More statistics about cocaine abuse and trafficking.)

Source: Stacy Teicher Khadaroo, “Cocaine use: Will the factors behind its steady decline continue?,” Christian Science Monitor, July 12, 2013.

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