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Ark. among states with biggest drug problems in 2019

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Published: May. 13, 2019 at 11:21 AM CDT|Updated: May. 13, 2019 at 11:22 AM CDT
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(WMC) - With SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week in full swing and the Trump administration focusing on the opioid epidemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub has 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 categories, ranging from arrest and overdose rates to opioid prescriptions and employee drug testing laws. Overall, Arkansas ranked 6th, and Tennessee ranked 14th.

States with the Biggest Drug Problems

  1. District of Columbia
  2. Michigan
  3. Missouri
  4. West Virginia
  5. Indiana
  6. Arkansas
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Kentucky
  9. Colorado
  10. New Mexico

Highlights:

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 read the full report and see where other states ranked, click here.

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