Cocaine Use Rising In Central New York

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Cocaine Abuse Rising in Central NY

Even as the opioid crisis continues, officials in Central NY are warning that cocaine use and abuse is also on the rise, leading to addiction and overdoses.

As reported by, the number of people seeking treatment for cocaine addiction at Crouse Hospital jumped 66 percent between 2015 and 2017. Cocaine deaths in Onondaga County nearly tripled between 2014 and 2016.

The resurgence of the street drug here is part of a national trend. The U.S. is experiencing the highest cocaine supply and usage levels in a decade, fueled by increased coca farming in Colombia, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Cocaine, an addictive stimulant drug, is made from the leaves of the coca plant. About 92 percent of cocaine in the U.S. comes from Colombia, according to the DEA. ” … trends since 2013 reveal a remarkable increase in cocaine production, which poses an increasing threat to the United States,” a DEA report says.

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Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare, an agency that provides outpatient services for substance use disorders, saw a 29 percent increase in patients with cocaine addictions between 2016 and 2017.

Different types of illicit drugs go in and out of fashion. Heroin was a scourge of U.S. cities in the 1960s and ’70s then lost popularity until making a big resurgence over the past decade.

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