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cocaine facts, cocaine statistics

Cocaine is a very destructive drug that is illegal in the United States and most other countries, and the statistics for this type of substance abuse may surprise you. Some statistics that you may not know include:




  • The typical users of cocaine are young adults, usually individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 years of age. This does not mean that cocaine use is limited to this age group, only that this age group tends to be the heaviest and most frequent users of this drug.
  • 10% of the American workforce either uses cocaine during work hours or knows someone at their job who does use this drug,
  • Approximately 5,000 people in the USA will try cocaine for the first time each day, and many will become dependent or addicted to this drug.
  • One in four American adults report having tried cocaine at least one time in their past.
  • 9 out of 10 people who report having used cocaine at least once also report that they started with either alcohol or marijuana first.
  • The United States imports more cocaine each year illegally than any other country around the globe, and more than a million and a half American adults report that they use cocaine at least once each month.
  • 3 out of 4 people who try cocaine will quickly become addicted, but only 1 in 4 can quit using without some type of substance abuse treatment.
  • Cocaine is considered the second most commonly used drug in America, and it comes in only behind marijuana in popularity and use among those with substance abuse issues.