All eyes are on the White House’s handling of the opioid epidemic as President Trump makes appointments to a bipartisan opioid commission aimed at tackling the opioid epidemic, while proposing a 95% cut to the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
The personal-finance website WalletHub released a study on the States with the Biggest Drug Problems in 2017 to highlight the areas that stand to be most affected.
This study compares the 50 states and the District in terms of 15 key metrics, ranging from arrest and overdose rates to opioid prescriptions and meth-lab incidents per capita.
“This study can be especially useful for managed care executives, as it includes the efficiency of treatment facilities,” says WalletHub analyst, Jill Gonzalez. “The future of the industry could positively impact further developments under this metric.”
Each of the top 10 states with the biggest drug problems has a number of categories in which it performs poorly compared to the other, lower ranked states—lower, in this case, being better, according to Gonazalez.
“The states with the biggest drug problems all ranked highly due to things like underage drug use and inadequate rehabilitation services. Closely monitoring these issues might help tackle them more efficiently,” she says.
Here are the top 10 states with the worst drug problems, according to the study.