Outcome: Healthy Choices

Indicator: Use of Cocaine

Significance of this indicator:

Cocaine is an addictive and strong stimulant that produces sense of euphoria. Abusing cocaine has adverse effects on the body including the constriction of blood vessels, dilated pupils, and increased body temperature, heart rate and blood pressure.   According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse cocaine abusers can experience heart attacks or strokes which may cause sudden death. Repeated use can cause long-term changes in the brain's reward systems leading to addiction and tolerance to the cocaine high.

How we are doing on this indicator:

2009-2012
In 2012, over eleven percent of Pueblo City Schools' high school students report having used cocaine at least once in their lifetime. This number dropped by nearly two percentage points from 2011.  In 2011 (the most current data for all of Colorado,) the rate of cocaine use reported by Pueblo City Schools’ high school students was twice the rate of the cocaine use reported by high school students across Colorado (13.0 percent and 6.3 percent respectively.)

2013 - Please note that the data for Pueblo is now reported for all of Pueblo County, not just Pueblo City Schools.  

The percentage of high school students in Colorado and Pueblo that report having used cocaine at least once in their lifetime has decreased by .5 and 1.5 percentage points respectively (noting that the numbers from 2013 include all of Pueblo high school students and not just Pueblo City School students).

What the Data Tell Us

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Definition:  Percent of students who report using any form of cocaine, including powder, crack or freebase at least once in lifetime.

Data Source: Healthy Kids Colorado Survey: Colorado Department of Education and Pueblo City Schools.

Data Considerations: Colorado administers the survey every two years in the fall.