Epoch Times (Kilmer): U.S. Cocaine Consumption Declines by Half, While Marijuana Use Jumps

By BEAU KILMER – March 15, 2014

The use of cocaine dropped sharply across the United States from 2006 to 2010, while the amount of marijuana consumed increased significantly during the same period, according to a new report.

A table with packaging materials for distribution of heroin. (AP Photo/Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor)
A table with packaging materials for distribution of heroin. (AP Photo/Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor)

The use of cocaine dropped sharply across the United States from 2006 to 2010, while the amount of marijuana consumed increased significantly during the same period, according to a new report.

Studying illegal drug use nationally from 2000 to 2010, researchers found the amount of marijuana consumed by Americans increased by more than 30 percent from 2006 to 2010, while cocaine consumption fell by about half. Meanwhile, heroin use was fairly stable throughout the decade.

Methamphetamine consumption dramatically increased during the first half of the decade and then declined, but researchers did not have enough information to make a credible estimate of the drug’s use from 2008 to 2010.

The findings come from a report compiled for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy by researchers affiliated with the RAND Drug Policy Research Center.

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