INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana has been hit by drug abuse as much as any other state, but a new study shows it is one of the worst offenders.
According to a study about drug use in each state, Indiana has the seventh biggest drug problem in the United States.
The study had three categories -- Drug use, law enforcement, and drug health issues and rehab. The first, drug use, included data from some of the following factors:
- Teenagers who used illicit drugs in the past month
- Adults who used illicit drugs in the past month
- Number of opioid pain reliever prescriptions per 100 people
- Number of methamphetamine lab incidents
Indiana ranked No. 18 in the drug use category.
Where Indiana really struggled is in the second category, law enforcement.
Law enforcement used the following data:
- Drug arrests per capita
- Drug arrests on college campuses per 1,000 students
- Prescription drug monitoring laws
- Maternity drug policy (Is substance abuse during pregnancy a crime?)
- States with employee drug testing laws
The states that ranked worse than Indiana in drug use were:
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- West Virginia
- New Mexico
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