With National Prevention Week in full swing and the number of annual drug overdose deaths in the U.S. reaching more than 103,500, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on the States with the Biggest Drug Problems, as well as expert commentary, to highlight the areas that stand to be most affected.
This study compares the 50 states and the District in terms of 20 key metrics, ranging from arrest and overdose rates to opioid prescriptions and employee drug testing laws. The state of Indiana ranks 12th in the nation for having the biggest drug problems. Michigan Ranks 10th.
States with the Biggest Drug Problems
1. New Mexico
2. West Virginia
3. District of Columbia
20. Rhode Island
Alabama has 80 retail opioid pain reliever prescriptions per 100 residents, leading the nation. On the other end of the spectrum, there are 27 for every 100 Hawaii residents.
West Virginia has 90.90 drug overdose deaths per 100,000 residents. That is eight times more than in Nebraska, which has the fewest at 11.40 per 100,000 residents.
Vermont has the highest share of teens who used illicit drugs in the past month, at 12.52 percent. That is three times higher than in Texas, which has the lowest at 4.20 percent.
Vermont has the highest share of adults who used illicit drugs in the past month, at 24.93 percent. That is 2.8 times higher than in Texas, which has the lowest at 9.03 percent.
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