Indiana Has 2020’s 10th Biggest Drug Problem – WalletHub Study

(UNDATED) – Drug abuse has a long and storied history in the United States, and the United States has 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, growing from $28.8 billion in 2017 to $29.9 billion in 2019.

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 epidemic, even declaring it a national crisis. Unfortunately, any progress made on that front is threatened by the coronavirus pandemic, as social distancing ends up creating more potential for relapses and overdoses.

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.

With the stress of social distancing leading to drug use relapses or overdoses SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week in full swing, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on the States with the Biggest Drug Problems in 2020.

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. Continue reading for the complete findings, commentary from a panel of researchers, and a full description of the methodology used.

You can find some highlights below.

Drug Abuse & Prevention in Indiana (1=Biggest Problem; 25=Avg.):

  • 25th – Share of Teenagers Who Used Illicit Drugs in the Past Month
  • 19th – Share of Adults Who Used Illicit Drugs in the Past Month
  • 10th – Opioid Pain Reliever Prescriptions per Capita
  • 19th – Drug Overdose Deaths per Capita
  • 12th – Drug Arrests per Capita
  • 7th – Coronavirus Support Score

Highest Drug Use by State

Overall Rank
(1=‘Biggest Problem’)
StateTotal Score‘Drug Use & Addiction’ Rank‘Law Enforcement’ Rank‘Drug Health Issues & Rehab’ Rank
1Missouri58.9618116
2West Virginia58.724336
3Michigan58.326149
4District of Columbia56.823362
5New Hampshire56.307923
6New Mexico55.9051829
7Colorado55.8120714
8Arkansas53.6914834
9Nevada52.709421
10Indiana52.5821440
11Vermont51.6414720
12Delaware51.0224413
13Oregon50.578394
14Connecticut49.85162619
15Massachusetts49.41152430
16Rhode Island49.25104511
17Kentucky48.85131251
18Arizona48.59242017
19Tennessee48.51112731
20Montana48.4522295
21Louisiana47.78272315
22New Jersey47.3530642
23Maine44.95124632
24Oklahoma44.61283121
25Washington44.44174822
26Pennsylvania44.27311047
27Illinois43.49331645
28South Carolina43.42294010
29Alaska42.90234912
30Ohio42.86253239
31Wyoming42.8241244
32Maryland42.18194143
33North Carolina41.88322138
34New York41.79401533
35Mississippi41.7136258
36Texas41.7047116
37Alabama41.2926513
38Georgia40.7437287
39Florida39.97343427
40California39.11353818
41Virginia39.08461335
42Wisconsin37.84391748
43North Dakota37.2850541
44Iowa35.36453025
45Nebraska34.76482228
46Utah34.68443326
47South Dakota33.62511924
48Idaho33.02383746
49Kansas32.78433537
50Hawaii26.62425050
51Minnesota26.11494349

Information https://wallethub.com/

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