Where Does Your State Rank for Substance Abuse?

Substance Abuse
As we all know, substance abuse is a growing problem nationwide. Prescription drug abuse is a major concern across the country, and as we’ve shared before, this problem can spiral into heroin abuse as well.
Recent data from the CDC has shown a significant increase in drug overdose deaths from 2013 to 2014, suggesting that despite efforts from public health and government officials, more attention should be paid to fighting drug abuse.
We’ve pulled data from a few sources to show what states are struggling most with substance abuse.

Does Your State Have a Substance Abuse Problem?

Drug Overdose Deaths

From 2013 to 2014, several states saw a noteworthy increase in the number of drug overdose deaths, including New Mexico, North Dakota, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Maryland, Alabama, and Georgia.

Among these states, Ohio (2,744 deaths) Pennsylvania (2,732 deaths), Massachusetts (1,289 deaths), Georgia (1,206 deaths), and Kentucky (1,077 deaths) all had significant numbers of overdose deaths.

In particular, opioids like prescription pain pills and heroin are the main culprits behind these overdose deaths, used in 28,647 deaths in 2014. Heroin overdoses have increased drastically from 2002 to 2013 in the US, resulting in 10,574 deaths in 2014.

Alcohol Abuse

From looking at the incidence of drunk driving-related fatalities, we can glean what states have issues with alcohol abuse.

The following states have a high percentage of drivers killed with a known BAC:

  • West Virgina (95%)
  • Nevada (94%)
  • New Hampshire (93%)
  • Wisconsin (92%)
  • Hawaii (92%)
  • Montana (91%)
  • Oklahoma (91%)
  • Maine (91%)

Reliable Drug & Alcohol Testing

Substance abuse occurs nationwide, and it has serious negative impacts on all our communities, causing health problems, economic issues, and often death.

Test Smartly Labs nationwide can provide accurate drug and alcohol testing for businesses and individuals. Whether you are looking to keep your workplace safe or want to confirm suspicions about your teen’s drug abuse, one of our labs can help.

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