What is the global prevalence of cocaine toxicity?

Updated: Sep 01, 2018
  • Author: Lynn Barkley Burnett, MD, EdD, LLB(c); Chief Editor: Sage W Wiener, MD  more...
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The UNODC estimates that worldwide, there were 18 million past-year users of cocaine in 2016. The UNODC estimates that worldwide, disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) attributed to cocaine use disorders increased from 729,000 in 2005 to 999,000 in 2015. [22]

Wastewater analysis from selected European cities has shown an increase of 30% or more during the period 2011-2016. [22] A study of patients presenting with acute toxicity from psychoactive drugs in an urban emergency department in Switzerland from 2014 to 2015 found that cocaine accounted for 33% of the 50,624 cases. [23]

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