According to the 2017 Drug Threat Assessment 2017 released by the Drug Enforcement Agency, the availability and use of cocaine in the United States is increasing. In fact, the DEA reports that cocaine may be a bigger threat than it has been in over a decade.
Let’s examine the cocaine problem here in Orange county, elsewhere in Southern California, and across the United States.
Would you be shocked to learn that cocaine is the third-most-used drug in this country? The statistics tell the tale:
To put those numbers in perspective, more Americans have used cocaine then prescription painkillers. Surprising, the ongoing opioid epidemic continues to dominate the news.
As it is in other places, the cocaine threat in orange county is severely underreported. This creates a problem, because the number of new initiates, current users, and fatal overdoses are all on the rise will. For example:
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s TEDS report counted 4237 rehab admissions for cocaine in California in 2017. However, only about 11% of people with Substance Use Disorders actually receive proper treatment.
Doing the math, that works out to over 38,000 California residents RIGHT NOW who need—but aren’t receiving—specialized care for an addiction to cocaine.
Cocaine is once again a serious drug threat because of three factors—record supply levels, increasing purity, and falling prices. In June 2018, the Office of National Drug Control Policy released a report stating that Columbian coca cultivation and cocaine production are at an all-time high.
This is particularly relevant, because Columbia is the source over 90% of all cocaine seizures in America.
There are other factors to consider.
Some sources estimate that 95% of the cocaine in the US is smuggled in by Mexican cartels. And because Orange County so close to major entry points in San Diego, cocaine prices in the OC are among the lowest in the United States. For example, in Southern California, a kilogram of coke costs between $14,000 and $21,000, compared to over $35,000 on the East Coast.
Cocaine is a real and growing danger in every community in Orange County, from Anaheim to San Clemente and everywhere in-between.
Coke dramatically changes the brain from the very use. Chronic abuse affects the ability to distinguish right from wrong. Short-term use raises the risk of stroke, while long-term cocaine use makes brain cells eat themselves.
Of special relevance, while other types of SUD can be treated with anti-craving medication, there are currently no FDA-approved medications for cocaine addiction. This makes early intervention, education, individual counseling, group therapy, and other evidence-based recovery strategies even more important.
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