Last updated: 07/16/2020
Author: Addictions.com Medical Review
Reading Time: 2 minutes
In order to determine the states with the worst drug problems, Addictions.com compared the 50 states across 3 key dimensions: 1)Drugs Arrests, 2) hospitalizations due to drug usage, and 3) Overdose Deaths.
We evaluated those dimensions using 5 relevant metrics, which are listed below
Sources: FBI Crime Data, CDC Data, Data.gov, Substance Abuse, and Mental Health Services Administration Data
We then determined each state’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order our sample.
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