Comeback of Increased Cocaine Use — Warning Signs of a Rising Epidemic

Once a major cause of concern for the United States, cocaine abuse is back to bother the nation already battling the epidemic of heroin and opioid addiction. Cocaine has once again emerged as a public health concern, as the country recorded the highest ever spike in its trafficking in a single year in 2015. The sudden reappearance of cocaine in America is believed to be a direct result of the boom in drug production in Colombia since 2013.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the deaths caused by cocaine overdose soared to 6,800 in 2015. With so many cases of drug overdose deaths emerging in the U.S., the number of cocaine-related fatalities witnessed in 2015 was the second highest since 1999. Based on the 2014–2015 data, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported a 61 percent increase in cocaine use in 2015 compared to 2013. What is even more disturbing to know is that 663,000 young adults in the age group of 18 to 25 used cocaine for the first time in the past year.

Spike in cocaine use sparks debates

Colombia being the world’s top producer of cocaine, approximately 90 percent of cocaine samples seized and processed by laboratory analysts were of Colombian origin, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). In addition, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) speculates an increase of over 100 percent in Colombia’s cocaine production from 2007 to 2013. According to the U.S. State Department’s annual International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, cocaine output increased to 495 metric tons in 2015, which is 185 metric tons more than the 2014 output.

Considering the fact that the cocaine use and availability is on rise in the U.S. for the first time in almost a decade. It is time to pay heed to such troubling early signs to avoid the repercussions of cocaine abuse. As cocaine trafficking from Colombia continues to increase, the State Department has warned that in the coming years the volume of the drug will probably increase.

Since the 1970s, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has been allegedly responsible for trafficking cocaine to fund its activities. In the light of the above problem, Juan Manuel Santos, the 32nd and current President of Colombia and the sole recipient of the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize, was involved in formal peace talks with the FARC for the last five years, reaching a final peace accord in November 2016. This is significant to the U.S. as billions of dollars have been spent in aid from Washington to Bogota to counter narcotics and provide security assistance under “Plan Colombia.” It entails important issues that have contributed to drug trafficking into the U.S. territory, such as illicit crop cultivation (a major source of the FARC income).

Avoid death trap, seek help

Cocaine is a drug that increases the level of neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain and causes a euphoric rush. It is generally considered highly addictive in nature. As a result, it has immense potential to cause increased dependence, psychiatric disorders, diseases, overdose and death when abused or misused by users. As it is smoked, snorted or taken intravenously, it causes the user to experience changes in his or her mood, motivation and energy level, etc.

If you or your loved one is engaged in cocaine abuse, it is imperative to seek professional help. Sovereign Health of Florida understands the complications that arise from cocaine abuse and our state-of-the-art facility is among the best cocaine rehab centers in Florida that are equipped with the latest and innovative treatment interventions. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866–269–2493 to know more about our cocaine addiction treatment in Florida and in other parts of the U.S.