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.

2,998 people aged 18-24 received treatment for cocaine abuse in 2008-2009 in the United Kingdom. This was an increase of 88 percent from 2005-2006, where a total of 1,591 young adults received treatment for cocaine.

Source:  Denis Campbell, “More young cocaine addicts being treated,” Guardian, December 3, 2009.

1,261 women in England between the ages of 18 to 35 needed drug treatment for cocaine abuse in 2008.  In 2005, 790 women needed to enter drug treatment.

The fastest rate of growth in cocaine use was in the 18-25 age bracket.  592 women in the age range needed treatment compared to 329 four years ago, an increase of 80 percent.

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Source:  Tom Whitehead, “Cocaine abuse rising among young women,” Telegraph,December 2, 2009.

Cocaine produced in South America is shipped across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe. Up to $7 Billion worth of cocaine was moved through West Africa on to the black market of Europe between 2005 and 2007.

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Source: Scott Kraft, “Guinea-Bissau: Cocaine’s traffic hub,” Los Angles Times, November 16, 2009.

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According to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, the following figures represent the number of users of illegal drugs in Europe as of 2009.

  • 22.5 million people used a cannabis product such as marijuana in the European Union in 2008.
  • 2 million people used amphetamines and methamphetamine in the EU in 2008.
  • 4 million people used cocaine in the EU in 2008.
  • 1.4 million people used opiate products such as heroin in 2007 (last available year)

Source: “Annual Report 2009: The State Of The Drug Problem In Europe,” European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, November 2009.

Black market cocaine cultivation in Colombia has lead to the loss of 2.2 million hectares of tropical forests in the country.

For each hectares of cocaine that is grown, three hectares of forests is illegally logged and clear.

For each gram of cocaine consumed, four square meters of the rain forest in Colombia was illegally logged and destroyed.

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Source:  Jamie Doward, “Colombia’s endangered species at the mercy of jungle drug cartels,” Observer, October 25, 2009.

Between 2002 to 2008, the number of people aged 15-65 in Mexico who used cocaine rose from 1.2 percent to 2.4 percent.

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Source: AFP, “Cocaine use doubles in Mexico in six years,” Google News, October 16, 2009.

Based on the following estimates, the illegal drug trade in Ireland is worth $927 Million (628 Million Euros).

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Source:  John Burke, “Boom time for dealers,” Sunday Business Post, December 9, 2007.

The number of young adults in the United Kingdom between the ages of 18 to 24 who entered drug rehab centers increased 69 percent between 2006 to 2008.

2,692 entered treatment centers in 2007-2008, up from 1,591 in 2005-2006.

Source:  Denis Cambell, “Cocaine drug of choice for under-25s, NHS figures suggest,” Guardian, October 4, 2009.

Cocaine that is produced in Peru generates an estimated $20 Billion a year in sales around the world.

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Source:  Leslie Josephs and Robert Kozak, “Peru Battles Cocaine Producers,” Wall Street Journal, September 22, 2009.

250 tons of Cocaine is trafficked into Europe each year, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

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Source:  Arthur Brice, “Latin American drug cartels find home in West Africa,” CNN, September 21, 2009.