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What Are the Statistics of Cocaine Addiction in Canada?

Cocaine is one of the most addictive illegal drugs that is being sold today. Many people who are introduced to the drug at a young age, have a hard time removing themselves from the drug and continue using for many years. The drug has a way of latching on to someone's life and replacing the need for anything else. The addict has only one thought, and that is how to get more cocaine.

While the use of cocaine is predominantly in the U.S. and South America, Canada is also showing signs that this epidemic is powerful all over the world. Besides alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana, cocaine is one of the biggest drug problems that cause many financial, emotional, and health problems in Canada. A recent survey of cocaine use in Canada has revealed many different eye-opening results.

Teenagers and young adults make up the majority of cocaine users in the country. For the most part, it is also shown that most of the new users are made up of younger and younger teenagers. While the overall use of cocaine does not take over the amount that uses marijuana, it is steadily growing as the trend continues to grow.

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Another statistic is that compared with a survey done is 2004, that the rate of use among teens and young adults is gradually climbing at about 1.8% each year. This is in stark contrast to the decline in the use of marijuana and alcohol abuse. However, the numbers compared to people ages 15-24 over those who are older show a disturbing trend. The survey has shown that those in the lower age bracket have a nine times higher drug use rate than that of the older group. A good trend is that the same number of individuals who have been surveyed in their drug use has indicated that they haven't used any in the past year.

While there is some sort of headway being made in the world of education and prevention of cocaine use in Canada, the amount of new users is continuing to rise. What is good, however, is that the number of people who stay addicted to the drug is falling off at a slow, but steady, rate. With a strong attempt at continued education, prevention, and cocaine treatment, Canada has a chance to keep this rate on a continued trend downward. Keeping these statistics in mind will help organizations and individuals encouraged to continue their efforts in preventing their loved ones from falling victim to the allure of cocaine.

Cocaine detox is always the first step before someone goes to a drug rehabilitation program.

Source: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hc-ps/drugs-drogues/stat/index-eng.php

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