This information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse is another illustration of the complications associated with cocaine addiction. There is a law enforcement angle to this condition, too, resulting in 197,050 people incarcerated (under federal jurisdiction) for drug offenses.(7) Under state jurisdiction, there are 225,242 inmates serving time for drug-related crimes, of which cocaine is one of several substances connected to these statistics.(8) Based on research commissioned by The Holistic Sanctuary, there is no corresponding data for people convicted and imprisoned for the commission of a felony, from behavior induced by an addiction to Oreos. On the other hand, the National Institute on Drug Abuse states that, based on the most recent information, cocaine accounts for about 13 percent of all admissions to drug abuse treatment programs. Among these individuals (72 percent) who seek treatment for cocaine abuse, there is also an addiction to or use of crack; and thus these people are likely to be polydrug abusers, or users of more than one substance.(9)
And, despite the fact that there are more than 14,500 drug treatment facilities in the United States, which claim to provide counseling, behavioral therapy, medication, case management and other types of services to patients with a dependency on cocaine or other drugs, addiction remains an epidemic impacting medicine, the judicial system, politics, economics, culture and other institutions.(10) According to the New York Times: “Every year, state and federal governments spend more than $15 billion, and insurers at least $5 billion more, on substance-abuse treatment services for some four million people.”(11)
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