50 Facts About Cocaine You Probably Don’t Know
Which country consumes the most cocaine—and which celeb blew US$5 million on the drug? Read on to find out more.
A new eye-opening collection of cocaine facts explores the history of the drug, the peculiar impacts it has on a person’s health and shares a few notable insights on celebrities who either experimented with it or succumbed to its dangerous side effects.
Ringing in at the top of the list is Scotland, as the world’s unfortunate winner for highest cocaine use per capita. Nearly two and a half per cent of the population uses this highly-addictive drug. That might seem a bit much, but it’s the US statistic that should get your attention as the US remains the top consumer by volume: taking in 37 per cent of the world’s supply. France was the first country to actively market cocaine—within wine, no less—in 1863, just four years after it was first extracted from the coca leaf, native to South America, where it was considered a “gift from the gods.” Twenty years later, American doctors began using it as an anaesthetic.
Cocaine (also known as coke, blow, C, marching powder and nose candy) also has its dark side. Not only is it highly addictive, it can destroy the cartilage separating the nostrils and cause tooth decay due to dry mouth. More than 400,000 American babies are born addicted to the drug each year, due to use of it by their mothers during pregnancy. Cocaine also tends to hit men harder than women, which makes them more likely to feel its negative effects, like dysphoria.
Typically associated with use by middle- and upper-class individuals, a number of famous people throughout history have been linked to the drug, which is costly, at around US$150 per gram. Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud was an advocate of using cocaine for mental health treatment. Explorers Ernest Shackleton and Captain Scott took cocaine pills during their expeditions to Antarctica, and Steven Tyler, frontman of the band Aerosmith, said he wasted US$5 million on the drug over two decades.
Each day, an estimated 2,500 Americans try cocaine for the first time. Around 10 per cent of them are likely to become heavy users, developing a destructive habit. If you recognise yourself in this statistic, contact us today to find out how you can break free from the clutches of cocaine addiction.