With the opioid epidemic continuing to affect communities across the country, new data investigates where drug abuse is most prevalent and which geographical areas are most at risk in the United States.
The WalletHub personal finance website report ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia in more than a dozen key metrics, ranging from the rate ofto raid rates and meth-lab incidents per capita ,
According to the report, the top 1
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- West Virginia
- New Mexico
- Indiana  Rhode Island
WalletHub categorized states into three categories to identify which states have the biggest drug problems: drug use and addiction; Prosecution; and drug health problems and rehab. These categories contained 20 relevant metrics that were weighted and averaged to calculate the total score. The data include, among other things, the proportion of adolescents who have used illicit drugs in the past monthper capita, drug arrests per capita, proportion of adults who have been treated illegally but have not been treated Drug use last year and the number of drug abuse treatment facilities per 100,000 people
The report also includes interviews with experts in the fields of medicine, psychology, criminal justice and public health on ways to fight the opioid epidemic – how complex that is Problem is and how difficult solutions will be.
"There will be no silver bullet that could solve this epidemic," said Courtney R. Yarbrough, assistant professor at Emory University at Rollins School of Public Health
Mark Concordia, an associate professor of criminal justice at Roberts Wesleyan College "calls for" a holistic, holistic approach that prioritises the treatment of punishment while aggressively pu drug users with more serious charges. "
Sharon Levy, MD, president of the Association for Medical Education and Research on Drug Abuse (AMERSA) and Associate Professor for Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, points out that it is important to understandas a medical condition rather than "bad behavior" – stigmatizing the problem and facilitating aid to those affected.
"Addiction is a chronic disease in which patients lose control of drugs Use," said Levy. "It's a treatable condition."
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