Cocaine production, purity declining
December 10th, 2010
01:07 PM ET

Cocaine production, purity declining

Cocaine is taking a hit, the White House says.

President Obama’s drug czar has announced that several indicators - both stateside and in Colombia, which provides 95 percent of America’s cocaine - show that purity, production and use of the drug is in decline.

Saying Americans were using too many drugs that stoke violence and instability around the world, Gil Kerlikowske further explained, “That is why the Obama Administration is working to restore balance to our drug control efforts by emphasizing demand reduction at the same time we are supporting our international allies in their efforts to curb the supply of these drugs.”

Some figures of note:

- Colombia’s production capacity has dropped from an estimated 700 metric tons in 2001 to 270 tons last year.

- Despite increases in the use of methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana, surveys show the number of cocaine users 12 and older has dropped from 2.1 million in 2007 to 1.6 million in 2009. Also, a fifth fewer 18- to 25-year-olds are using the drug.

- Retail purity, which was about 60 percent in 2002 and which spiked to 71 percent in 2006, is now around 45 percent.

- Purity of bulk shipments seized in or en route to the U.S. dropped from 85 percent in 2006 to 73 percent in 2010.

- The number of positive cocaine tests among American workers dropped from 74 per 10,000 tests (2002) to 29 positives (2009).

Touting her agency’s work to reduce supply globally and demand at home, acting Drug Enforcement Administration chief Michele Leonhart said in a statement, “Cartels and trafficking networks are on the run, our global partners are united, and demand for cocaine in the U.S. is decreasing.”

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  1. Daniel

    Anything to make Washington look good. I bet Obama's happy about that!!!

    December 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. va

    Don't stroke yourself just yet. Meth is on the rise and it does the same thing for longer. Good luck with your war.

    December 10, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MrObservation

    Are the similarities between soldier's uniforms and male organs deliberate? Everywhere you go it's all about the sausage.

    December 10, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. mc

    Let them lie to each other save the bs for someone else. Garbage artical complete waste of time were is the real journalism. thanks cnn

    December 10, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. u huh

    I dont know why some of you are blaming columbia for this problem.there always gona make the stuff if americans are keep buying it.the drug war starts with our own counrty,not them.

    December 10, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Protoman

    U huh: Just say no has worked so well you're right. Do you support making all forms of entertainment that endorses drug use illegal? Because most american teens try drugs because they want to be like their favorite doped up celebrity that lives with impunity. You act like drug dealers are burdened by the users and they'd be in medical school if it weren't for those pesky users. If you don't support changing the fabric of our society then just saying no won't work. There are too many broken families that are perfect examples of how drugs destroy society. Most kids aren't seeking drugs until a dealer introduces them to it.

    December 10, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Stoner

    Why buy coke when you can make meth almost free. Legalize pot and focus on meth that stuff is worse than any other drug ever made. Bad BAD stuff. Meth makes coke look like vitamins.

    December 11, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. marc

    Drugs and alcohol ruined my life. Should never tried 'em.

    December 12, 2010 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  9. Had Enough

    Really? You are correct lol. When you cant even get good coke its time to do something. But i guess its like everything else. We havent been able to get GOOD drugs since the 70's. But never liked coke anyway. Prefer some Angel Dust or some 2 toke Maui Wowwie from 1976. Maybe a Case of Lemon 714's and Budwieser. If you got that what do you need coke and meth for ? AHHHH! :>)

    December 12, 2010 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  10. tommas

    Interesting correlation: Marijuana use goes up cocaine use goes down!

    December 12, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
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