Cocaine Statistics


Selected Cocaine Statistics

Statistics show that 10 percent of publicly-funded drug abuse center admissions in 2006 were for crack cocaine.

Approximately 36.8 million Americans ages 12 and older had tried cocaine at least once in their lifetimes.1.

Other statistics show that 19.5% of eighth graders, 28.2% of tenth graders, and 38.9% of twelfth graders surveyed in 2008 reported that powder cocaine was "fairly easy" or "very easy" to obtain (Whitehouse Drug Policy, 2008).

3.3% of students (high school and college) reported being current users of cocaine, meaning that they had used cocaine at least once during the past month.2

1 out of 4 Americans between the age of 26 and 34 have used cocaine in their lifetime.

Over 15,000 deaths annually associated with stimulants in the US (APA).

In 1988, about 300,000 infants were born addicted to cocaine.

During 2004, cocaine was the primary drug involved in Federal drug arrests. There were 12,166 Federal drug arrests for cocaine in 2004. (ONDCP).

Cocaine hydrochloride is very stable. It binds closely to the ink in paper currency. FBI chemists have discovered that traces of cocaine can be found on almost every dollar bill in circulation. (U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration).

The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that in 2004, 27.5% of those incarcerated had been regular users of cocaine/crack – regular was defined as using at least once a week for at least a month.

Cocaine Use by race/ethnicity:

Percentages of past year cocaine use, persons aged 12 or older3

  • American Indians/Alaskan natives: 3.8%.
  • 2 or more races: 3.7%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders: 3.1%
  • Hispanics: 2.8%
  • African Americans, 2.6%
  • Caucasians: 2.5%
  • Asians: 0.7%


  1. White House drug policy - cocaine
  2. CDC Youth Online
  3. "Cocaine Use: 2002 and 2003," National Survey on Drug Use and Health

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