What cocaine users look like according to stock photography

What cocaine users look like according to stock photography

VicesFebruary 09, 2017

Cocaine, it's said, is a helluva drug.

But damn if it isn't wildly popular right now in America. Some might even say that blow is the new weed, in that a ton of people enjoy doing it socially in the company of friends, but won't dare admit to it unless their cats are somehow in danger — even then, it's probably so-long Schmoopus the Poopus (RIP the '90s). Regardless, the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimates that over 32 million Americans have done cocaine in their lifetime, and close to 2 million use it monthly.*

These aren't all just dirty-thumbed junkies wearing hoodies, either. Doctors, teachers, cops, lawyers — so many lawyers — are out there doing it, too. Not according to stock photography though, god bless their hearts. Viewing use through the lenses of mass-produced imagery, coke users look a little something like this:

[*But seriously, say no to drugs kids.]