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Cocaine-Related Deaths Continue to Rise in the United States

By: Shannon Persad February 5, 2020 no comments

Cocaine-Related Deaths Continue to Rise in the United States

A recent report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that overall drug overdose deaths decreased by 4.1% in 2018, from 70,237 deaths to 67,367.

The news was received favorably across the country, especially with the ongoing opioid epidemic.

However, there was a dark side to the report, showing that cocaine-related deaths increased during this time.

Read on to find out more about why there is a rise of cocaine-related deaths in the U.S., and how to get help for cocaine addiction.

The Resurgence of Cocaine

According to the new CDC mortality report:

“The age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths involving cocaine increased from 1.4 per 100,000 standard population in 1999 to 2.5 in 2006, then decreased to 1.3 in 2010 and 1.5 in 2011. From 2012 through 2018, the rate increased on average by 27% per year to a rate of 4.5 in 2018.”

Source: CDC mortality report

Why is this happening? The 2019 National Drug Threat Assessment Annual Report from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) may provide insight. The report states:

“Cocaine is a resurgent threat in the United States as seizures, availability, coca cultivation, and cocaine production remain at elevated levels. Overall, availability levels increased and domestic prices decreased, with some regional variation due to local market forces. Continued heightened levels of coca cultivation and cocaine production in Colombia, the primary source for cocaine seized in the United States, has driven down the price of cocaine while increasing its availability, further widening the domestic cocaine market. Fentanyl’s presence in the cocaine supply remains a serious concern for law enforcement and public health officials as the deadly opioid exacerbates higher cocaine-involved overdose deaths. The SWB remains cocaine’s primary point of entry into the United States while Mexico-based TCOs maintain their dominance of transportation and distribution. Heightened cultivation and production will likely translate into further increased domestic availability, reduced domestic prices, and increased law enforcement challenges through the near-term.”


In all, cocaine is being mixed with other synthetics, such as fentanyl and other substances, resulting in more deaths.

If you or someone you know is suffering from cocaine addiction, or any other drug, seek professional help now. Contact ATSI at 1(855)-498-2121 for a confidential consultation.

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