Cocaine Addictions by Age


Cocaine is becoming a bigger problem every day. According to Laurent Karila of La Presse Medicale, Cocaine is the second most commonly used illegal drug in the world1. For example, in 2013 Cocaine directly led to 4,300 deaths2. Its increasingly important to recognize when someone is addicted to Cocaine or using Cocaine illegally, and to help them get treatment and aid. According to the Addiction Center, common signs of Cocaine abuse include dilated pupils, long periods of wakefulness, loss of appetite, overconfidence, over-excitement, paranoia, runny nose, white powder around nostrils, mood swings and being late to work consistently3.

Looking at the data, 4.9% of 20-year-olds use Cocaine, which is the peak of the graph. It’s increasingly important if you have a loved one around the age of 17-30 to make sure they aren’t suffering from any of these symptoms since that age range is the most common to take Cocaine illegally. It’s important to be aware of this data, and for parents to be knowledgeable of when Cocaine addictions commonly start and some of the common symptoms. Luckily, the data seems to indicate that children under 17 and adults aged 50+ tend not to take Cocaine, so while it is still important to make sure loved ones in these age ranges aren’t suffering from adverse symptoms, it’s less likely they are taking illegal drugs. The data shows that Marijuana tops the list of the most abused drug, as a whopping 34% of 20-year-olds have taken the drug at least once. The data also looks at how many times someone has taken Cocaine in a year, and the results show that at the peak of potential drug addiction (20), on average a person has taken Cocaine 8 times a year. It’s very easy to get addicted to Cocaine, so I stress that you never try it, and make sure you help any loved ones you suspect are suffering from these symptoms.


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  1. April 26, 2019 by Alex.Oliveira

    Great job on obtaining statistics on people who have done cocaine, by age. I really like that you are aware of the symptoms of people who do cocaine and share the signs for us to watch out for. I do think you could have included some information on why people try cocaine and how that differs by age. Overall this was an informational presentation with good data.

  2. April 27, 2019 by James Howe

    This is neat! Some constructive criticism would be to make your X axis a bit more clear, as it’s not super easy to read

  3. April 27, 2019 by Joseph.Wang

    Very interesting article Nikhil! It’s quite shocking that many cocaine users are quite young and between the ages of 18-21. I think it’s very important to stay away from such addictive drugs.

  4. April 27, 2019 by Samiha.Datta

    This was a really cool article, Nikhil! I especially appreciate its relevance given our ages. Thank you for sharing the symptoms for which to look out. Do you have any inclinations as to why the distribution of the percentage of people who have tried cocaine by age is the way it is?

  5. April 28, 2019 by Eva Batelaan

    Great article, Nikhil! It is very relevant to us, specifically, since we were are approach the age where cocaine is the most prevalent. I may have suggested moving the ages to the bottom of the bars rather than the top and then maybe put the percentage on top; however, you graph is still very effective as it stands now. I appreciate that you included symptoms and a call to action that referenced that added information. Specifying environments where cocaine is commonly found could have also been interesting information to include.

  6. April 28, 2019 by Annie Ma

    This is so interesting, Nikhil! I’m so shocked that the most common age is 20 years old. I wonder if that trend changes between rural/urban areas, or if it’s concentrated in colleges.

  7. April 29, 2019 by Manav.Shah

    With these highly addictive drugs it is important for there to be as much education as possible, and your article helps with this. I like how you mention the impact that an addiction can have on people that are not necessarily addicted but rather around them. Very Informative. Great Job!

  8. April 29, 2019 by Lenox Hill

    Overall I think that this was a very interesting project. One piece of constructive criticism is that the charts connected to your coding could be a little bigger because they are a little hard to read.

  9. April 29, 2019 by Haley

    You did really great research! Thanks for sharing!

  10. April 29, 2019 by Natheir.Abu-Dahab

    It’s interesting that the data correlates, for the most part, with the public perspective (at least as as far as I’m aware), that people in their early twenties tend to be those who are addicted to cocaine, and by extension, drugs in general. Overall really interesting article, thanks a lot.

  11. May 01, 2019 by Siddhanth Reddy

    I’m assuming that it is common amongst 20 year olds due to college? Interesting data!

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