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Study says Michigan has top 10 drug problems in the nation

Drugs continue to be a problem across the country despite our knowledge of their terrible and sometimes fatal side effects. Furthermore, the United States has spent over a trillion dollars trying to curb the problem for half a century, without success.

Unfortunately, poor communities often struggle with heavy drug use – and Michigan has its fair share of poor communities.

Michigan isn't the worst state for drug use, but it's certainly near the top. A recent study by WalletHub ranked Michigan as the No. 10 state with the worst drug problem. Washington DC actually came in at number 4, which is what it takes.

Still, Michigan did not top the charts in any of the categories examined in the study to compile the results for the rankings.

Reviewed by WalletHub, Michigan:

  • 20Th – Percentage of teenagers who have used illegal drugs in the last month
  • 14Th – Proportion of adults who have used illicit drugs in the past month
  • 11Th – Opioid painkiller prescriptions per 100 people
  • 26Th – Drug overdose deaths per capita
  • 21st – Proportion of adults who were unable to receive treatment for illicit drug use in the past year
  • 12Th – Substance abuse treatment facilities per 100,000 people (age 12 and over) who use illicit drugs

While Michigan didn't make the top 10 in either these narrower categories or the broader categories (17th in drug use and addiction, 16th in law enforcement, 11th in drug health problems and rehab), the sum of Michigan's problems is in all of them Areas significantly below average, except for overdoses.

Interestingly, there doesn't seem to be much difference when a state has legalized recreational marijuana use. Including Michigan, six of the top 10 states (excluding DC; Alaska is No. 11) have legal recreational marijuana. However, it's worth noting that states ranked 12th through 16th do not have legal recreational marijuana.

With legal recreational marijuana available in 24 states, the debate over its status as a “gateway drug” is up for debate.

The study also suggests that red states have a bigger problem: red states average 25.52 and blue states average 26.42, although Washington DC's position in this data appears unclear . Additionally, four of the top five states, including DC, are blue states, so the statistics can seem a bit misleading at first glance.

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