According to WalletHub, there were more than 100,000 drug overdose deaths in the 12-month period ending in April 2021. That’s up 28.5% from the previous year. That said, it’s obvious adult drug use is a problem in America.
To figure out America’s “problem areas” when it comes to drug use, WalletHub set out to compare the 50 states and the District of Columbia for drug use. They used 21 key metrics, ranging from arrest and overdose rates to opioid prescriptions and employee drug testing laws, according to the report. They then “determined each state and the District’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score. This total score was the basis for our final ranking. So the state ranked 1st in this study has the biggest drug problem, based on the data at hand, while the state ranked 51st has the smallest drug problem,” the outlet adds.
“It’s crucial for the government to address this issue and prevent it from getting any worse,” WalletHub states. “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.”
So, where is Michigan? We’re actually pretty high on the list. The study found that Michigan ranks No. 8 for drug use. In the same study, Michigan was actually ranked No. 47 for “Fewest Drug Arrests per Capita.” The state with the highest levels of adult drug use was West Virginia, followed by the District of Columbia, Arkansas, Missouri and New Mexico. Rounding out the top ten were Nevada at No. 6, followed by Colorado, the aforementioned Michigan, Oregon and Tennessee. Minnesota ranked 51st, the lowest possible in the nation, with the lowest number of people receiving substance abuse treatment per 1,000 drug users. Hawaii and Utah were also low on the list. Find the full tally via WalletHub here.