Cocaine Use in South Florida Over the Years
After marijuana, cocaine is the most commonly used illicit drug in the U.S. People routinely use this highly addictive drug to experience its stimulating effects, which include:
- High energy
- Decreased need for sleep and food
- Increased focus
- Euphoric feelings
Increased cocaine use in America is resulting in more cocaine use disorders and overdoses among its people. Many areas in Florida are also seeing a rise in cocaine use. According to cocaine use statistics, Florida rates have been growing since 2014. In one South Florida region, the rate of overdose cases involving cocaine use increased from 240 in 2014 to 421 in 2017. In another, cocaine overdose cases increased from 193 in 2014 to 505 in 2017. Similar trends are noted, across South Florida and multiple areas of the state.
Contributing Factors to Current Trends
The trends of drug use vary depending on many factors. For example, aspects of supply and cost affect substance use statistics.
In the case of cocaine, a possible explanation for the rising rates of cocaine use could be opioids. On the state and national level, government agencies have been directing additional resources toward battling opioid use. By reducing access to opioids, people may be seeking out cocaine to get the desired high.