Cocaine Addiction: Is it Still a Problem?

Cocaine is still a problem in the United States. After a decline in the use of cocaine over the last decade, signs show significant increases in the drug’s usage. According to the State Department, these signs point to the availability and demand for opioids and heroin.  A recent report from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) noted, deaths from cocaine overdose in the United States was the highest in almost ten years.

Increased cocaine usage is connected to the country of Columbia. Columbia has an illegal coca crop. For years their output was falling, but since 2013 it has been booming. The results appear in cities and neighborhoods across the country. Take the State of New Hampshire for example. According to the N.H. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, cocaine’s rising usage is contributing to the drug-related death toll in the state. Since 2012 the percentages of death from people who died with cocaine in their system is up 232 percent.

Cocaine addiction is still a problem, and on the uprise. According to SAMSHA by 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide. You may wonder what is being done about it. What role can you play to help curb this self-destructive epidemic? Data is useful for figuring out trends, defining a problem and creating solutions. The more knowledge you have about a problem, the greater your power to act and make change.

Government, state and county agencies are figuring out ways to fight the drug crises. Environmental prevention strategies can be used for warding off drug abuse. Strategies need to be designed for the characteristics of particular communities as they differ from towns, counties. Early intervention with mental health and kids at risk increases the chance for living drug free. Creating safe environments like community centers and kids’ rooms in libraries can help create feelings of inclusion.

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