Welcome to the second part of the series showing you which states have the worst drug problems in the U.S. Drug use has been on the rise and the numbers of drug related offenses, treatments and even deaths have steadily increased with it. The current administration has passed a bill giving over $10 billion to help programs expand so that drug education and treatment can help fight the problem.
In part one we looked at a few states with notable statistics on heroin use. Usage in New England has increased over the years so much that it’s been called a public health problem. Each year it seems to get worse with the number of deaths from overdoses doubling in the past two years.
Let’s take a look at other states and which drugs have seen an increase in use as well as increases in those seeking treatment for their addiction. Do you have a loved one that needs alcohol or drug rehab in Wilmington NC? If so, call Legacy today! We can help.
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The sunshine state has seen an increase in heroin overdoses in the past few years, although marijuana is cited as the most commonly used drug. The NIDA reported that deaths relating to drug overdoses increased 120 percent from 2011 to 2012. The heroin increase was seen after an epidemic of prescription drug abuse. Many people who develop an addiction to prescription opiates often turn to heroin when they can’t get or afford pills.
Not all states have particular drugs that seem to be more prevalent than others, but some have other increases relating or drug use. Here are a few with noteworthy statistics.
Data for specific drugs isn’t available, but the rate of deaths due to drugs is higher than the national average. Over 24 people per 100,000 died from an overdose in 2013. The number has increased since 1999 by about 50 percent.
Similar data is found for Arizona but it is not specific to the drug. The rates of deaths associated with drugs is higher than the national average. It is one of the top states for drug use among 18-25 year olds.
This state’s drug of choice is marijuana, but it’s legal there, so it’s not big surprise. However addiction to it is often cited as the reason for seeking drug treatment.
Marijuana is also legal in Alaska, making it the most commonly used drug in the state. It is also more often listed as the reason for enrolling in treatment over other drugs.
Prescription drug abuse is related to more deaths than other drugs, but half of the people jailed for drug offenses are related to methamphetamine. A report released by the Montana Department of Justice noted that prescription drug abuse caused more deaths than meth, heroin and cocaine combined.
Other states with marijuana listed as the most commonly used drug include: Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, North and South Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma Oregon, North and South Dakota, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
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