Cocaine Addiction Treatment Admissions Down in U.S.

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National reports show primary treatment admissions for cocaine abuse dropped by 24% from 1992 to 2002.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that admission rates for primary cocaine treatment decreased by 24% nationally between 1992 and 2002.

SAMHSA’s Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) found that while the nation as a whole saw a moderate decline in cocaine treatment admissions over a ten-year period, several states saw a dramatic decrease of 60% or more (Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and Idaho) while others actually rose by approximately 100% (Arkansas, Iowa, North Dakota, and Wisconsin).

Based on SAMHSA's 2002 and 2003 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 6 million Americans aged 12 or older (2.5%) used cocaine in the past year and more than 1.5 million people in the same age group met the criteria for abuse of or dependence on cocaine in the past year.

Cocaine use has been linked to many types of heart disease and can cause disturbances in heart rhythm and heart attacks as well as chest pain and respiratory failure. There are also neurological effects including strokes, seizures, blurred vision and headaches, and gastrointestinal complications, including abdominal pain and nausea.

There are currently no medications approved to treat cocaine addiction, but some drug-substitute advocates are promoting the use of drugs used to treat epilepsy and depression, despite recent warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about the increased risk of suicidal behavior in patients taking antidepressants.

“The main problem with trying to treat drug addiction with a prescription,” comments a spokesperson for Narconon Arrowhead, “is that these people are still on some type of drug – one that brings its own set of side effects and adverse reactions. The goal of rehabilitation is to be free from drugs.”

Narconon Arrowhead is one of the largest and most successful drug rehabilitation and education programs in the country and uses a very effective drug-free approach. The program is based on the research and developments of American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard and has helped thousands of people.

For more information about cocaine addiction log on to http://www.cocaineaddiction.com. To learn more about the Narconon® Program or to get help for someone in need contact Narconon Arrowhead today by calling 1-800-468-6933 or visit http://www.stopaddiction.com.

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