Drug Use by State: 2019’s Problem Areas
Wallet Hub, May 13, 2019
Drug abuse has a long and storied history in the United States, and we’ve been “at war” with it since 1971 under the Nixon administration. But no matter who is in office, the federal drug budget continues to increase. It’s moved from $23.8 billion in 2013 to over $27.7 billion in 2018.
The current administration seems to be taking a hardline approach to drug use. In addition to the issue of drugs crossing the border from Mexico, President Donald Trump has been focused especially on the opioid crisis. The Trump Administration declared the crisis a national emergency. Congress also passed legislation last year aimed at providing support for people addicted and penalties for companies that contribute to overprescribing. President Trump signed this bill into law.
Given the uncertain future and lack of significant progress to date, it’s fair to wonder where drug abuse is most pronounced and which areas are most at risk in the current political climate. This report attempts to answer those questions by comparing the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 22 key metrics, ranging from arrest and overdose rates to opioid prescriptions and employee drug testing laws….
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- 50 -- Overall Rank (1=’Biggest Problem’)
- 26.70 -- Total Score
- 43 -- ‘Drug Use & Addiction’ Rank
- 49 -- ‘Law Enforcement’ Rank
- 45 -- ‘Drug Health Issues & Rehab’ Rank
- 50 – Opioid Prescriptions per 100 people
- 49 – Percentage of Adults with unmet drug treatment needs
- 50 – Fewest Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities per 100,000 drug users (50 = 2nd most)