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The Deadly Return of Cocaine Use 

The Deadly Return of Cocaine Use

Drug overdose deaths with cocaine as one of the present substances have been on the rise, with US cocaine-related overdose deaths growing by 52.4% in 2015 alone.1

Part of this is due to what experts dub as “generational forgetting” in which the current generation of drug users is simply unaware of the true dangers of cocaine, especially the disco-era dangers that played out in the 1970s.2 Younger generations simply weren’t around to witness the dangers of cocaine use or addiction, and are thus unaware of the dangerous game they’re playing each time they use.

The rise in cocaine use is a danger to communities nationwide, with the drug causing health issues and addictions. Our facility offers Heartland drug and alcohol treatment to treat cocaine addiction in Illinois. If you or someone you love is struggling with cocaine addiction, call 888-280-4763 to learn how we can help.

Farming Cocaine Addiction in Colombia

Increased availability of cocaine and crack cocaine is also believed to be contributing to the rise of cocaine use across the country. Part of this increase in supply comes from record amounts of coca farming in South America.

Farmers in Colombia are growing coca, the base of cocaine, over other crops. The coca crops are combined with other chemicals, like gasoline, to create coca paste. The paste is sold to drug traffickers, who turn it into cocaine. The coca paste sells for more than one ton of corn, so farmers are quick to choose this crop over others due to the higher profit margins.3

Treating Drug Addiction in Illinois

At Banyan Treatment Center Heartland, we offer detox, rehab, and supportive care to successfully treat drug addiction in Illinois. This includes our intensive outpatient program in Gilman, which is trusted by patients who have completed residential treatment but still needed structure as they transition back into everyday life.

Getting sober from cocaine addiction can be challenging, but it is not impossible. Our team at Banyan Treatment Center Heartland supports patients through their entire recovery process.

If you or someone you love is struggling and needs support in finding sobriety from cocaine or crack cocaine addiction, call 888-280-4763 to learn how we can help.


  1. CDC – Drug Overdose Deaths Involving Cocaine and Psychostimulants with Abuse Potential
  2. NBC News – Feds: A popular drug from the disco era is making a deadly return
  3. NPR Illinois – Colombia Is Growing Record Amounts Of Coca, The Key Ingredient In Cocaine
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.
The Deadly Return of Cocaine Use 
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