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Old 08-15-2019, 07:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Railer13 View Post
I was surprised to read that coke is still the second most frequently used illegal drug.
It may be that we don't hear much about it because its popularity, although widespread, just isn't causing as much problems as other drugs.

Cocaine kills 10,000-15,000 people a year.

OTOH, opioids are killing about 50,000 people a year. Opioids are also more newsworthy than cocaine because a large part of this epidemic has been caused by the actions and policies of the medical establishment.

Meth makes the news because meth labs are toxic, explosion-prone sites, and because users sometimes experience bouts of paranoid delusion that make them a problem for innocent bystanders.