Cocaine in Ohio

SAMHSA: 1 of 20 Persons are Cocaine Addicts from 2014 – 2015

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), between 2014 and 2015, one in every twenty young adults had used cocaine in Ohio in one form at least one time. By SAMHSA’s estimate, cocaine addiction in Ohio used by young adults (aged 18 to 25) increased by half a percentage point, showing that more and more Ohioans are trying cocaine per year that may result in cocaine rehab.

It’s clear that Ohio is in need of services to fight the spread of cocaine and other illegal and dangerous drugs and Ohio’s addicts, now more than ever, are in need of facilities that will help them break the cycle of cocaine use, abuse, and addiction.

If you or a loved one is struggling with cocaine abuse or addiction in Ohio, give us a call today. Lumiere Healing Centers is a state-of-the-art healing facility treating addiction throughout Ohio and surrounding areas, from our private campus near Cincinnati, Ohio. We are helping Ohioans addicted to cocaine and other drugs receive the help that they need.

Why Is Cocaine in Ohio So Dangerous?

Cocaine can be obtained in two different forms: powder cocaine, which is a powdery white substance and crack cocaine, which is more potent and resembles white rocks.

Cocaine in Ohio is most known for its effect on the brain. In the short term, it can produce feelings of energy and euphoria, but prolonged use can cause the brain to stop functioning normally without the drug, leading to decreased dopamine (the brain chemical that produces pleasure) and increased negative feelings like depression. In turn, this teaches cocaine abusers that they need more of the drug to function. Over time, users build up a tolerance to the drug and begin taking more and more, which can lead to an overdose.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, different methods of cocaine intake can have different adverse effects, including:

  • Snorting: damages nervous function in the nose and may cause nosebleeds and loss of the senses of smell.
  • Smoking: Smoking crack cocaine can cause issues with the lungs and trouble breathing.
  • Injecting: Injections of cocaine can be mixed with other drugs, adding a layer of danger. Using needles to inject drugs presents the risk of blood-borne pathogens to be transferred between users, including HIV.

It’s clear that cocaine is an extremely dangerous drug in all forms, and the fact that it’s grip on Ohio is tightening is an extremely alarming development.

The Extent of Abuse of Cocaine in Ohio

According to federal guidance provided to Ohio by the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC), cocaine use (both powder and crack cocaine) was rampant in the state’s cities and suburbs during the period from 1990 to 1999. Nearly 70% of the state’s federal drug crimes were related to either crack cocaine or powder cocaine, and remained constant through all parts of the state during that time.

Once Ohio’s legislators and law enforcement made a larger effort to keep all forms of cocaine off the street, it died down slightly, but there is reason to believe that cocaine abuse in Ohio is returning to the level that it once was.

The Ties Between Heroin and Cocaine Abuse in Ohio

By now, it’s no secret that heroin and opioid abuse in Ohio is at the highest rate that the state has ever seen. In a segment about the nation’s rising drug epidemic, the news show 60 Minutesran a story about how 23 Ohioans were dying each week from heroin overdoses.

The Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network (OSAM) showed that the extent of heroin use in Ohio wasn’t only contributing to the rise in the state’s heroin users, but cocaine users as well. Because cocaine is often either a substitute or a companion to heroin, when more heroin addicts on the street, cocaine abuse rises as well. The same report estimates that cocaine use statewide went up 9.5 percent from 2015 to 2016.

Ohio’s Availability for Powder and Crack Cocaine

Another area for concern for Ohio’s addiction treatment community is the high availability of cocaine in the major regions of the state. OSAM’s 2016 report, in a section on drug availability in each of Ohio’s different regions found that all but two of the state’s regions exhibited “high” availability for powder cocaine. The two exceptions were Columbus and Youngstown, which came in only one level below “high”, at “moderate to high”.

Crack cocaine’s availability was found to be similar. In all Ohio regions, crack cocaine is highly available, including an increase in availability from 2015 in Columbus.

The report also details the substances that many users combine with cocaine in both forms, a list that includes, heroin, alcohol, and prescription opioids and sedatives, among others.

The Bottom Line

It’s clear, given the evidence that cocaine is a drug that Ohio struggles with at a high rate. The number of people that use and abuse cocaine in all its forms is high, and the numbers suggest it’s only getting higher.

If you or a loved one are struggling with cocaine addiction, let Lumiere Healing Centers be the source of help that you need. Call us today at 513-909-2225.