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This report comes from the personal-finance website Wallethub.  A must read.

With SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week in full swing and the Trump administration focusing on the opioid epidemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the States with the Biggest Drug Problems in 2019 as well as accompanying videos to highlight the areas that stand to be most affected.

This study compares the 50 states and the District in terms of 22 key metrics, ranging from arrest and overdose rates to opioid prescriptions and employee drug testing laws. You can find some highlights below.

States with the Biggest Drug Problems
1 District of Columbia 11 Rhode Island
2 Michigan 12 Oregon
3 Missouri 13 Nevada
4 West Virginia 14 Tennessee
5 Indiana 15 Massachusetts
6 Arkansas 16 Maine
7 New Hampshire 17 Delaware
8 Kentucky 18 Vermont
9 Colorado 19 Connecticut
10 New Mexico 20 Pennsylvania

Key Stats:

  • Alabama has 107 retail opioid pain reliever prescriptions per 100 residents, leading the nation. On the other end of the spectrum, there are 29 for every 100 District of Columbia residents.
  • West Virginia has 57.80 drug overdose deaths per 100,000 residents. That is 7.1 times more than in Nebraska, which has the fewest at 8.10 per 100,000 residents.
  • Rhode Island has the highest share of teens who used illicit drugs in the past month, at 11.81 percent. That is 1.9 times higher than in Utah, which has the lowest at 6.10 percent.
  • Oregon has the highest share of adults who used illicit drugs in the past month, at 21.74 percent. That is 2.8 times higher than in North Dakota, which has the lowest at 7.81 percent.

To view the full report and learn about drug abuse in your state, please visit:

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