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U.S. cocaine-related deaths 1999-2019

In the past few years the number of deaths from cocaine overdose has risen in the United States, with around 15,883 such deaths in 2019. This follows a similar pattern as seen in an increase in deaths due to prescription opioids and heroin. Deaths involving cocaine are more common among males than females, with deaths among males double that of females in 2019.

Cocaine use

Cocaine is one of the most commonly used illicit drugs in the United States. As of 2019, around 41.4 million people had used cocaine in their lifetime, an increase from 38.9 million in 2016. Furthermore, almost 5.5 million people in the U.S. used cocaine in the past year as of 2019.

Cocaine use among teens

The lifetime prevalence of cocaine use among high school students in the U.S. has decreased in recent years. As of 2020, only 2.4 percent of high school students stated they had used cocaine in their lifetime. Nevertheless, around 27 percent of high school students state that cocaine is “fairly easy” or “very easy” to obtain.

Number of drug poisoning deaths involving cocaine in the U.S. from 1999 to 2019

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January 2021


United States

Survey time period

1999 to 2019

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