How Cost and Availability Influences Cocaine Use

Cocaine is an addictive mood enhancing drug. When the “high” of cocaine wears off, the user will crash and have cravings for days afterward.

Cocaine Use in the United States

In the United States approximately 1.5 million people abuse cocaine annually. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) cocaine is one of the top five most heavily abused drugs in the country. Statistics from NIH show that most cocaine users fall between the ages of 18 to 25. Cocaine has many effects on users including the following:

  • Happiness
  • Energy
  • Euphoria
  • Excitement

These effects do not last long and lead to a crash that may take days to recover from. However these good feelings cause users to want to repeat the experience, leading to abuse and addiction.

The Facts of Cocaine Use

According to a report published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime cocaine is sold at $120-$150 per gram. Regardless of the cost of cocaine it is still frequently used. Due to the high cost of cocaine users may sacrifice needed items and purchase cocaine instead.

Cocaine is an illegal drug that carries heavy penalties and jail time for use or procurement. Compared to other illegal substances cocaine availability has decreased in the United States since 2006 according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Despite  limited sources for the drug, the high cost and the illegality of the drug, cocaine remains one of the most abused substances. The DOJ and NIH report that cocaine claims the lives of tens of thousands of people each year.

Cocaine Addiction Help

If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction to cocaine, you can find help. Recovery options are available to provide specific help for your unique situation. Please call our 24 hour toll-free helpline for access to real and effective treatment solutions.

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