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The UN Office on Drugs and Crime published in their 2016 World Drug Report a long-term analysis of the harmful drug cocaine and its long association with seizure cases. The report, aside from the seizure highlight, also emphasized that cocaine trade has seemed to have declined in the recent years.

  • When cocaine was discovered, it almost instantly led to gaining more insights into having local anesthetic alternatives aside from like lidocaine and Novocaine.
  • Back at the time, there was an increasing number of pharmacologists that wanted to learn about the kind of compounds that are necessary for creating better anesthetics.
  • Along the way, they were able to discover that the shape of each of the molecules in the primary component is what’s the most important, aside from its interaction with the brain and the surrounding nerves.
  • The discovery of cocaine, evidently, was able to provide an effective blueprint for the previous hypothesis.

Cocaine was banned in 1914 by the Harrison Act and in 1922 by the Jones-Miller Act.

Both laws were passed due to an increase in hysteria over the use of cocaine. Such efforts were unable to stop individuals from using the addictive substance; however, it has still brought a sharp declining impact after the Jones-Miller Act of 1922 halted the domestic extraction of cocaine.

As the U.S. borders were fairly porous, helicopters were no longer used in patrolling the Mexican border until 1979. Also, land vehicles were almost deemed useless because of the length of the border. Such aimed to prevent cocaine from traveling through Central America and the States.

Coca cultivation has already declined by 40% between the peak years of 2000-2014.

The UNODC, however, reported that better yields were experienced due to the improved farming techniques and even processing protocols.  Included in the report was the detail that there were regions where declines of around 10% were recorded, but in some regions were rising by 14%. All depended on the formula used for cultivation calculation.

The world’s largest market for cocaine remains to be North America although cocaine use has been sharply declining.

Between 2006-2014, the use of cocaine in the U.S. significantly decreased. The previous year, it decreased by 32% and cocaine-linked deaths also declined by 40%. Treatment admissions were also reduced by 54%. Drug trafficking of cocaine is also said to have declined.

The patterns of trafficking drugs, however, remained the same. Some 90% of cocaine is still able to reach the U.S. from Colombia and some 87% arrived through the Central America, Mexico corridor specifically.

The principal source of cocaine remains to be Colombia, which accounts for some 42% of such cases.

However, on the national level, such trend shows instability with a constant flux between the European countries along with other nations that registered high cocaine levels. Europe is the next largest global market where the use of cocaine is stagnating after a peek in sustainable growth in 2007. Seizures in Europe was also noted to have been declining gradually since 2012, all attributed to the medical benefits of cocaine.

Crack is ultimately an extremely addictive drug.

Most users who tend to abuse the drug become involved in crimes just to keep their habits. You can get addicted to crack instantly, while for some, only one attempt is necessary to lead them to the pit of addiction.

Consequently, if you decide to quit on crack addiction, professional medical help is the best option. Most of those who found success in quitting addiction have done so with the help of addiction and rehab clinics.

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