New study finds Michigan has second biggest drug problem in the country


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Michigan ranks second in the country for the highest rate of drug use according to a new study published by WalletHub.

The study compared all 50 states including Washington D.C.

The District of Columbia was the only area ranked higher than Michigan.

The report studied 22 categories including arrests, overdose rates, opioid prescriptions, and meth-lab incidents per capita.

Michigan ranked 12th in share of adults using illicit drugs in the past month and 16th for teenagers. The state also ranked 15th in drug overdose deaths and 10th in opioid prescriptions per capita. The study also found that the state ranked 14th substance abuse treatment facilities and 20th in adults who needed but did not receive treatment for illicit drug use in the past year.

Since 1971, the United States has been “at war” with drug abuse and in 2018 the federal government spent $27.7 billion on the drug budget.

The current administration has been focused on the opioid crisis as well as drugs crossing the border from Mexico. The Trump Administration declared both a national emergency crisis.

Congress also passed legislation last year aimed at providing support for people addicted and penalties for companies that contribute to overprescribing which was signed into law by the president.

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