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Cocaine Production Declines Along with U.S. Demand for Cocaine

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

coca plant and coca berryBoth the demand for cocaine and the supply is declining, according to the United States drug czar. On July 30, Gil Kerlikowkse, director of the Office of National Drug Policy, said that a recent government survey of drug production found that Colombian cocaine production has dropped 25 percent in the last year and 72 percent since 2001. For the first time since 1995, Colombia now ranks behind Peru and Bolivia in pure cocaine production. Kerlikowske noted that the demand for cocaine has dropped as well, with the United States seeing a marked decline in cocaine overdose deaths, positive workplace drug tests, and domestic cocaine seizures. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, American consumption of cocaine has dropped by 39 percent since 2006. President Barack Obama has requested $10 billion for drug education programs and drug treatment in the 2013 budget.

Source: The Associated Press – : Cocaine Production Drops by 25 Percent in Colombia

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