Categorizations and Mortality Figures for Cocaine Induced Death
|Cocaine Induced Deaths (1979-1998)|
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As with opiate induced deaths, those caused by cocaine are mostly (86 percent) due to accidental overdoses. Again, like opiates, the distribution of death over age groups is random, thus closely approximates the "standard curve." If cocaine of known dosage and purity were available, the number of accidental overdose deaths would rapidly decline. Somehow it hardly seems "compassionate" to allow these hapless souls to die when their deaths could easily be avoided.
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