1 out of 4 Americans between the age of 26 and 34 have
used cocaine in their lifetime.
According to the Minnesota Institute for Public Health
and drug prevention resource center, 5,000 adults in the United States try
cocaine for the first time each day. (1985)
Today it is estimated that 22 to 25 million people have
tried cocaine at least once. Conservative estimates indicate that there
are over two million cocaine addicts in the United States today.
Contrary to earlier belief high dose use of cocaine can
be detected as long as 10 to 22 days after last use.
Near half of all drug related emergency room visits are
due to cocaine abuse.
The annual number of new cocaine users has generally
increased over time. In 1975 there were 30,000 new users. The number
increased from 300,000 in 1986 to 361,000 in 2000.
Rates of cocaine use by college students over the
previous 5 years has varied between 2.0% of all students in 1994 to 4.8%
Of high school seniors in 2001, 8.2% reported having
ever used cocaine.
From 1997 to 2000 cocaine was the most common drug
reported in emergency room episodes.
Cocaine use among men is almost twice then women. Based
upon additional data sources, the office of National Drug Control Policy
estimates the number of chronic cocaine users at 3.6 million.
Adults 18 to 25 years of age currently have the highest
percentage of cocaine use than any other age group.
90% of cocaine users smoked, drank, or used marijuana
before trying cocaine.
In 1988, about 300,000 infants were born addicted to
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