American cocaine use is on the rise

A recent article from The Washington Post describes the current increase in cocaine use in this country and one of the reasons why.

According to the article, the number of cocaine overdose deaths in 2015 was the highest since 2006 and the number of young Americans trying the drug for the first time increased 61 percent from 2013 to 2015.  This increase in use appears to be related to Columbia’s growing coca plant harvest, which doubled between 2013-2015.  Test samples of cocaine seized from the streets in the US found that 90 percent were of Colombian origin.