There are approximately twenty million people who regularly use cocaine in the world. This makes cocaine the second most utilized drug in the world. The illegal drug distribution market for cocaine is so popular because of its widespread use. This popularity makes cocaine distribution a lucrative market. In turn, violence directly correlates with the cocaine market and use of cocaine. Money, addiction, and the effects on the brain are the main reasons for violence within the cocaine market.
When a person uses cocaine, they experience a feeling a euphoria and a sudden rush of intense energy. This is also known as a "high" feeling. Any feelings of pain, sadness, or hunger are not felt while a cocaine user is experiencing a "high" feeling. Once these feelings subside, the cocaine user feels anxious, angry, and paranoid. These feelings are also combined with the cocaine user craving more of the drug. Violent acts committed by drug users are often carried out during the feelings of anxiety, paranoia, and anger experienced after the "high." In fact, statistics show that approximately half of all cocaine users have committed at least one violent crime in order to obtain more crack.
Individuals who distribute cocaine take advantage of the fact that cocaine use is a very difficult habit to overcome and cocaine users will seek the drug often. Cocaine distributors often experience violence from other distributors due to money from the sell of cocaine. Cocaine distributors become territorial over who they distribute the drugs to and where they distribute drugs. If another individual distributes cocaine in a territory that already been claimed, this could result in violence due to the loss of money from cocaine sales.