NH ranked 11 on list of states with biggest drug problems
State governments are receiving mixed messages from the White House in regards to how it plans to deal with drug abuse. To highlight the areas that could be most affected, WalletHub put out a study comparing all 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of 15 key metrics, ranging from arrest and overdose rates to Opiod prescriptions and meth-lab incidents per capita.
According to the study, the state or district with the biggest drug problems is the District of Columbia. The state that with the least amount of drug problems is Idaho. New Hampshire ranked 11 on the list right after Massachusetts at 9 and Michigan at 10.
In the past month, Colorado, which landed 3rd state on the list, has the highest percentage of teens who used illicit drugs at 14.58 percent. Colorado also has the highest percentage of adults who used illicit drugs in the last month, at 17.06 percent, 2.8 time more than South Dakota's 5.76 percent.
The study also found that New Hampshire has the second most overdose deaths per capita.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's, SAMHSA, National Prevention Week is May 14 to May 20. The theme of the week is making each day count.
On Tuesday, May 16 at 11:30 a.m., U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen, Sheldon Whitehouse, Joe Manchin, Tammy Baldwin, Edward Markey, and Maggie Hassan will hold a press conference to highlight the impact the repealing the Affordable Care Act would have on the opioid epidemic in their states and around the country.