Cocaine has recently been in the news since the coroner’s office found the drug in singer Whitney Houston’s system and linked it to her death. While cocaine use remains a public health issue in the United States, levels of its use have dropped significantly in the past few years. The number and percentage of persons aged 12 or older who were current users of cocaine:
- 2005 2.4 million (1.0 percent)
- 2006 2.4 million (1.0 percent)
- 2007 2.1 million (0.8 percent)
- 2008 1.9 million (0.7 percent)
- 2009 1.6 million (0.7 percent)
- 2010 1.5 million (0.6 percent)
For more information on trends and data in cocaine use, visit the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) at: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH.aspx.
Figure 2.2 Past Month Use of Selected Illicit Drugs among Persons Aged 12 or Older: 2002-2010
SAMHSA remains committed to preventing cocaine use and treating those who are using. For more information about the prevention of drug use, visit SAMHSA’s Prevention of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness page. For treatment resources, visit the Treatment Locator.