Cocaine

News, information and statistics about cocaine abuse and the trafficking of cocaine. Data about cocaine is collected from criminal justice public health programs, drug treatment centers, security agencies and other public information sources.

95 percent of all drug arrests in Nigeria in 2009 were for outgoing heroin and cocaine smuggling, according to the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime.

Source: Boco Edet, “Nigeria: 57 Percent of West African Drug Traffickers Are Locals -UNODC,” allAfrica.com, March 3, 2011.

According to the 2011 International Narcotics Control Strategy released by the US State Department, there are between 30,000 to 100,000 drug addicts in Serbia.

Previous to that report, the Public Health Service of Serbia reported that there were 60,000 drug users in the country in 2008.

Between January to September 2010, security agencies in Serbia made 4,186 seizures of 1,010.4 kilograms of illicit drugs. The drugs seized in the country included 108 kilograms of heroin, 814 kilograms of marijuana, 6.5 kilograms of cocaine, 23.5 kilograms and 850 tablets of ecstasy, and 4.2 kilograms and 1,025 tablets of amphetamine.

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Source:  “INTERNATIONAL NARCOTICS CONTROL STRATEGY, 2011 (SERBIA),” United States Embassy, Serbia, March 3, 2011.

16 million people in the United States, or 6.4 percent of the population, abused prescription drugs in 2009.

The abuse of tranquilizers, pain relievers, and sedatives were up from the 15.2 million who abused the drugs in 2008.

By comparison, the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board found that 4.8 million Americans abused cocaine in 2009.

(More prescription drug abuse statistics.)

Source: “‘Prescription drugs a bigger threat than cocaine’: UN survey reveals 16 million Americans abuse over the counter medicine,” Daily Mail, March 2, 2011.

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In Fiscal Year 2010, the United States Customs and Border Patrol seized 110 tons of cocaine from entering the country, up from the 61 tons seized in 2009.

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Source: AFP, “US cocaine, heroin seizures up at Mexico border,” Google News, February 17, 2011.

There were an estimated 1.6 million cocaine users in the United States in 2009, down from the estimated 2.1 million cocaine users in 2007.

(Cost of cocaine per gram by country.)

Source: AFP, “US drugs czar hails cocaine drop in Colombia,” Google News, January 19, 2011.

Seizures of cocaine in New Zealand:

2008: 733 grams.

2009: 3,000 grams (3 kilograms).

2010: 10,000 grams (10 kilograms).

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Source: “Cocaine smugglers ‘targeting NZ'”, New Zealand Herald, December 15, 2010.

270 tons of cocaine was produced in Colombia in 2009, according to the US Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The 2009 amount was lower then the 280 tons produced in 2008 and the 700 tons produced in 2001.

95 percent of the cocaine consumed in the United States is produced in Colombia.

(Additional cocaine facts and data.)

Source: Heather Walsh, “Colombia Cocaine Output Fell Last Year Amid Spraying, U.S. Drug Czar Says,” Bloomberg, December 9, 2010.

According to the US Office of National Drug Control Policy, Bolivia produced 195 metric tons of cocaine in 2009 and Peru produced 225 metric tons of cocaine in 2009.

Source: Heather Walsh, “Colombia Cocaine Output Fell Last Year Amid Spraying, U.S. Drug Czar Says,” Bloomberg, December 9, 2010.

In 2010, nearly 15 percent of people between the ages of 18 to 34 in the United Kingdom tried cocaine at least once during their lifetime.

6.2 percent of those between the ages of 15 to 34 in 2010 reported to have used cocaine within the past year.

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Source: Alan Travis, “UK tops European cocaine league table,” Guardian, November 10, 2010.

Prescription drug abuse in the United States led to 27,658 overdose deaths in 2007.

The total number of deaths from prescription drugs were higher than the overdose deaths of heroin and cocaine combined, according to the US Center for Disease Control.

(Additional crime in the United States.)

Source: Associated Press, “States Linking Prescription Databases, Fight Abuse,” NPR, October 15, 2010.