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Coast Guard Drug Interdiction

FY 1998

This information is provided as a quick reference for drug interdiction-related stories.

The information is compiled from G-OPL .

Useful quotes and statistics from the National Drug Control Strategy:

"...34.8 percent of Americans twelve and older have used an illegal drug in their lifetime; of these more than 90 percent used either marijuana or hashish, and approximately 30 percent tried cocaine." (p. 5, NDCS, 1998)

".we must not confuse progress with ultimate success. Although youth drug use has started to decline, it remains unacceptably high ...We must redouble our efforts with other nations to take the profits out of drug dealing and trafficking and break the sources of supply." (The President's Message, p.iv, NDCS 1998)

"'s drug-use rates among youth, while well below the 1979 peak of 16.3 percent, are substantially higher than the 1992 low of 5.3 percent. One in four twelfth graders is a current illegal drug user while for eighth graders, the figure is approximately one in eight. Elevated drug-use rates are a reflection of pro-drug pressures and drug availability." (p.7, NDCS, 1998)


The 1996 NHSDA (National Household Survey on Drug Abuse) current use among twelve to seventeen-year-olds to be 0.6 percent, twice the rate of 1992...young people are still experimenting with cocaine, underscoring the need for effective prevention. This requirement is substantiated by NHSDA's finding in 1995 of a steady decline in the mean age of first use from 22.6 years to 19.1 years.

America's Users Spend on Illegal Drugs,

Fall 1997 ONDCP.

Few American cities have been more devastated by illegal drug use than Washington DC. Abusers of heroin, crack and cocaine have fed robbery and burglary rates, sent child welfare caseloads soaring, and clogged courts and jails. They have also overwhelmed the city's treatment centers; of the District's estimated 65,000 substance abusers, local treatment programs can barely accommodate 10 percent.

The crisis is hardly limited to the District. Today, the United States has an estimated 4 million hard-core users of heroin, crack, cocaine and methamphetamine. While making up 75 percent of all the drug users in the country (the rest being mainly recreational users), these chronic users account for an estimated 70 percent of total expenditures on cocaine and heroin consumed, as well as most of the crime, child abuse and other associated problems.

The price of cocaine fell sharply throughout the early 1980's; reached its maximum level in 1990 and has since continued a gradual slide down to current levels.

The trends in the supply of cocaine from 1989 to 1995 show: an increase in the cocaine destined to the US and a decrease in both foreign and federal seizures. Trends also show an increase in the available consumption of cocaine in the US; and an increase in the cocaine shipped to the US from Colombia.

Last Modified 3/31/2013