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Study: Hawaii Smallest Drug Problem of any State
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Drug Use by State: 2023’s Problem Areas

WalletHub, May 3, 2023

Drug abuse has a long and storied history in the United States, and we’ve been “at war” with it since 1971 under the Nixon administration. Yet despite the country’s best efforts to fight it, the problem is still prevalent. There were more than 103,500 drug overdose deaths in the 12-month period ending in November 2022. It’s crucial for the government to address this issue and prevent it from getting any worse. The government must also deal with the changing landscape of drug use, as newer drugs like fentanyl become more widespread. In fact, the DEA seized the equivalent of more than 410 million lethal doses of fentanyl in 2022.

Given the uncertain future and lack of significant progress to date, it’s fair to wonder where drug abuse is most pronounced and which areas are most at risk. This report attempts to answer those questions by comparing the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 20 key metrics, ranging from arrest and overdose rates to opioid prescriptions and employee drug testing laws.

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Overall Rank  51st
State Hawaii
Total Score  22.8
Drug Use & Addiction  50th
Law Enforcement  42nd
Drug Health Issues & Rehab  51st
Adult Drug Users 4th lowest
Opioid Prescriptions per 100 People 51st
Adults with Unmet Drug-Treatment Needs 5th lowest
Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities per 100,000 Drug Users 3rd highest
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