Treatment for cocaine dependence — reviewing current evidence (Perspectives on drugs)


The EMCDDA has carried out a meta-analysis of six reviews examining the effectiveness of medications used in treating cocaine problems. The original reviews, undertaken by the Cochrane Drugs and Alcohol Group, involved 92 studies (85 in the US) and over 7 000 participants. This 'Perspective on drugs' shows how some medications can reduce specific symptoms (e.g. cravings), yet no single pharmacological solution has been found for cocaine dependence overall (see video).

Part of the ‘Perspectives on drugs’ (PODs) series, launched alongside the annual European Drug Report package, these designed-for-the-web interactive analyses aim to provide deeper insights into a selection of important issues.

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Table of contents

  • Analysis: treatment for cocaine dependence — reviewing current evidence
  • Video: experts explain
  • Terms and definitions
  • Psychosocial interventions for treating cocaine problems