Cocaine is becoming a bigger problem every day. According to Laurent Karila of La Presse Medicale, Cocaine is the second most commonly used illegal drug in the world1. For example, in 2013 Cocaine directly led to 4,300 deaths2. Its increasingly important to recognize when someone is addicted to Cocaine or using Cocaine illegally, and to help them get treatment and aid. According to the Addiction Center, common signs of Cocaine abuse include dilated pupils, long periods of wakefulness, loss of appetite, overconfidence, over-excitement, paranoia, runny nose, white powder around nostrils, mood swings and being late to work consistently3.
Looking at the data, 4.9% of 20-year-olds use Cocaine, which is the peak of the graph. It’s increasingly important if you have a loved one around the age of 17-30 to make sure they aren’t suffering from any of these symptoms since that age range is the most common to take Cocaine illegally. It’s important to be aware of this data, and for parents to be knowledgeable of when Cocaine addictions commonly start and some of the common symptoms. Luckily, the data seems to indicate that children under 17 and adults aged 50+ tend not to take Cocaine, so while it is still important to make sure loved ones in these age ranges aren’t suffering from adverse symptoms, it’s less likely they are taking illegal drugs. The data shows that Marijuana tops the list of the most abused drug, as a whopping 34% of 20-year-olds have taken the drug at least once. The data also looks at how many times someone has taken Cocaine in a year, and the results show that at the peak of potential drug addiction (20), on average a person has taken Cocaine 8 times a year. It’s very easy to get addicted to Cocaine, so I stress that you never try it, and make sure you help any loved ones you suspect are suffering from these symptoms.