Rhode Island State House

With SAMHSA’s National Prevention Week in full swing and the Trump administration proposing harsher penalties for drug offenders, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the States with the Biggest Drug Problems in 2018 to highlight the areas that stand to be most affected.

This study compares the 50 states and the District in terms of 20 key metrics, ranging from arrest and overdose rates to opioid prescriptions and meth-lab incidents per capita. You can find some highlights below.

Drug Abuse & Prevention in Rhode Island (1=Biggest Problem; 25=Avg.)

  • 2nd – Share of Teenagers Who Used Illicit Drugs in the Past Month
  • 6th – Share of Adults Who Used Illicit Drugs in the Past Month
  • 9th – Drug Overdose Deaths per Capita
  • 1st – Share of Adults Who Needed but Didn’t Receive Treatment for Illicit Drug Use in the Past Year
  • 7th – Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities per 100,000 People (12 Years and Older) Using Illicit Drugs

To view the full report, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/drug-use-by-state/35150/  

 

Source: WalletHub

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

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