Cocaine Addiction Information
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cityCocaine use has been steadily on the rise. Though compared to past years the numbers have been falling off, there are still an alarming number of people starting and continuing to use cocaine. In both small towns and metropolitan areas, the popularity of cocaine is high. According to several studies, young people are constantly on the hunt for cocaine.

Illicit drug use for people between the ages of 12-17 have steadily been falling since 2002, with a temporary spike in 2010.  The numbers, though, are still alarming. Statistically, 9.5 percent of people in this age group have used illicit drugs in the past month. This averages out to about 7900 new users per day. While the numbers show that young people choose marijuana as their initiation drug, there are still enough young people using cocaine to cause concern.

In the past year, statistically, over 600,000 new people older than age 12 used cocaine for the first time (approximately 1,800 per day). There are a number of reasons why people will use cocaine, or any drug for that matter. Peer-pressure is the most common reason among young people. Many of them see cocaine being used at parties and they are pressured to join in on the “fun”. Not wanting to spoil the party of be seen as “not cool”, they indulge. Of course, rebellion also plays a part as parents do their best to keep their children away from dangerous scenarios. Along with the party scene, the environment plays a big factor in whether or not a person will use drugs. Obviously, if they are in an environment where drugs are available, they are more likely to use. However, removing a person from the environment is not always a guaranteed deterrent, as many small town families have found out.

Opportunities to Use Cocaine

Larger metropolitan areas are more common for cocaine use than smaller towns. Not only are the drugs more available in metropolitan areas, but there are more opportunities to use. Parties, clubs, raves, and alleys all have illicit drugs available – more than likely. Most people who use drugs for the first time receive their drugs from a friend, or a friend of a friend. Though small towns have less environmental exposure to drugs, there is a push for youth to venture out of their boring home lives. Many young people who live in the outskirts of a metropolitan area travel there to attend an event where drugs are available. Caught up in the thrill of the moment, they might start using at these events and spark a downward spiral in their lives. With the availability and affordability of drugs in the big cities, plus the fact that there is no screening for purchases (literally anyone can buy drugs) they are a hot spot for drug initiation.

The drug epidemic continues to be an uphill battle for families across the nation. Every day more and more people start using drugs for the first time. Whether they are suffering from depression, wanting to rebel against their parents, or trying to escape their problems in life, turning to drugs is never the right way to go about it. But neither is completely sheltering children from drugs. Children are nothing if not curious. They are willing to become involved with something out of mere curiosity – especially if that something comes from a respected and trusted friend. Education and awareness is the key to stopping the drug epidemic. It is not a job only for the police and city officials. Neighborhoods have to take control of the drug problem in their areas. With a combined effort and a unified goal, the drug epidemic rising in America can be eradicated for good.

References

http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2012SummNatFindDetTables/NationalFindings/NSDUHresults2012.htm#ch5.4