States With the Biggest Drug Problems, Where Does New York Rank?
When it comes to which states have the biggest problems, how does New York stack up?
Since the year 2000, the overdose death rate has more than tripled with 17,415 (2000) to 52,404 in 2015. The amount of people in prisons and jails for drug offenses was 11 times greater in 2015, as oppose to 1980.
That being said, it's fair to wonder where drug abuse is most pronounced. The analysts at Wallethub completed a study that compares the 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of 15 key metrics.
Those 15 key metrics range from arrest and overdose rates to Opioid prescriptions and meth-lab incidents per capita.
So where does New York rank?
According to the study, New York is ranked 13th for biggest drug problem as compared to the other 50 states.
Here's a breakdown for New York:
Drug Abuse & Prevention in New York
- 21st - Percentage of Teenagers Who Used Illicit Drugs in the Past Month
- 18th - Percentage of Adults Who Used Illicit Drugs in the Past Month
- 13th - Number of Drug Arrests per Capita
- 10th - Percentage of Adults Who Needed But Didn’t Receive Treatment for Illicit Drug Use in the Past Year
- 18th - Number of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities per 100,000 People (12 Years and Older) Using Illicit Drugs
- 19th - Percentage of Teenagers Who Were Offered, Sold, Or Given An Illegal Drug On School Property in the Past Year