Part of the reason for increased production is the peace treaty between the long-running Communist insurgents, FARC, and the Colombian government in 2016.
The opioid crisis in America has received considerable attention in recent weeks, including a Newsweek ’s report on the Veteran Affairs’ role in the death of thousands of veterans after overprescribing opiates and psychiatric medications for more than a decade.
But another problem is on the rise. A report by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released on Monday indicates that cocaine use and availability in the United States are rebounding, with several domestic cocaine data sets outpacing 2007 benchmark levels. The new findings are in correlation with the fact that Colombia is witnessing a staggering increase in coca production, which makes the South American nation the primary supplier of cocaine in the U.S.
Cocaine use in the U.S. has increased between 2015 and 2016 as more traffickers want to invest in the domestic market, the report states. Colombia has been the world’s largest producer of coca since the mid-1990s and continues to be the source of the cocaine seized in U.S. territory, with 92 percent of cocaine samples confiscated last year. Six percent were of Peruvian origin and two percent were of an unknown point of departure, the report shows.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Colombia (CO) is estimated to have a population of 48.9 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 1.0% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 2.5 million.