The impact of cocaine on communities
Cocaine comes from the leaves of coca plants grown in South America – mostly in Colombia, Bolivia and Peru.
The trade is terrible for people and the environment for many reasons:
The violent gangs making and dealing cocaine use murder and torture to force people into working for them or into staying silent. When the drugs pass through other countries to reach Europe and America, so does the violence. More than 25,000 murders were recorded in Mexico in 2017, with most of them linked to drug trafficking violence.
The gangs selling cocaine and other drugs in the UK can be very violent.
Cocaine farming leads to deforestation which devastates environments.