With drug overdoses in the United States largely dominated by opioids in recent years, it may be tempting to believe that cocaine addiction is a relic of the past, something memorialized in movies like the 1980s classic Wall Street or more recently The Wolf of Wall Street. Unfortunately, recent federal data shows otherwise. Cocaine overdose rates have risen by nearly 5%. Adding further fuel to the argument that stimulant abuse is far from over, a drug policy expert has noted that every opioid epidemic in American history has been followed by a stimulant epidemic. In other words, cocaine addiction is cyclical. While cocaine overdose deaths actually decreased in the United States from 2006-2012, the numbers began to climb soon after, according to a Centers for Disease Control study. In 2017, drug overdose deaths involving cocaine increased by more than 34 percent, with nearly 14,000 deaths as a result.
Unfortunately, recent federal data shows otherwise. Cocaine overdose rates have risen by nearly 5%.