Non-medical use of prescription opioids like fentanyl is becoming a significant public health concern, increasingly resulting in deadly overdoses all over the United States, according to the World Drug Report 2018 released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on June 26, 2018. The report also suggests that fentanyl and its analogues have caused immense devastation across the U.S. and Canada, while tramadol abuse is on the rise in Asia and several parts of Africa. The report indicates that though only 33 percent women use drugs on a regular basis, they seem to be more dependent on drugs than men.
According to the U.N. report, supplies of cocaine in 2016 and opium from 2016 to 2017 hit their highest ever recorded levels. With an estimated 1,410 tons, cocaine production worldwide in 2016 reached the highest level ever reported. Most of the world’s cocaine come from South American nations, such as Colombia, while the report also indicated that Africa and Asia have become the latest cocaine trafficking and consumption hotspots. The seizure of prescription opioids globally in 2016 was 87 tons, almost the same as the amounts of heroin seized that year. Seizures of prescription opioids, predominantly tramadol, in West and Central Africa, and North Africa accounted for over 87 percent of the worldwide total in 2016. Asian countries that earlier accounted for over 50 percent of global seizures, reported just 7 percent of the world total in 2016.
Experts say the markets for cocaine and methamphetamine have spread beyond their traditional geographies and with the spike in drug trafficking online via the darknet, the menace has assumed gigantic proportions. “Drug markets are expanding, with cocaine and opium production hitting absolute record highs, presenting multiple challenges on multiple fronts,” said UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov in a statement. “The real problematic issues for us have been the increase in opium production in Afghanistan and the massive increase in cocaine production, particularly because of Colombia,” added Thomas Pietschmann, a drug research expert at the UNODC and one of the lead authors of the report.
Leading a cocaine-free life
Cocaine is one of the most abused drugs in the U.S. It is one of the deadliest substances known to create an immense psychological dependence by stimulating the key pleasure centers in the brain. Further, once in the grip of cocaine, an individual tends to build high levels of tolerance to the drug, ending up experiencing even more powerful cravings for higher amounts of the drug to feed his or her addiction.
In addition to cardiovascular problems and life-threatening heart rhythm abnormalities, the other major cause of concern is that cocaine shrinks the brain. Cocaine users can lose a great deal of gray matter in the prefrontal and temporal regions responsible for memory, attention and decision-making. Many individuals, families and communities nationwide have suffered great losses and borne personal tragedies due to cocaine addiction.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies cocaine as a Schedule II substance due to its high potential for abuse and dangerous outcomes. However, the road to complete recovery from cocaine dependence can be a daunting experience. The only way to quit addiction is to seek professional treatment to counter the devastating outcomes of the drug.
If you or a loved one is struggling to break free from cocaine addiction , contact Sovereign Health of San Clemente that offers a variety of personalized therapies for cocaine addiction treatment in California. Our experienced clinicians use several approaches to identify the root causes and nip the problem in the bud. Our cocaine detox programs are customized to suit your needs. For more information, call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with our representative who are available 24/7 for your queries.