WASTED: The Leading States In Drug And Alcohol Abuse

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In the course of reporting a story this morning on the fittingly high rate of alcohol dependence in Washington D.C.—the highest rate of any city in the country—we came across an interesting piece of information from the same study: Alaska, supposedly one of the most conservative states in the country, is also the state with the highest percentage of regular marijuana users.That led us to go deeper into the report—by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency within the federal Department of Health and Human Services—to see what other states are near the top of the list for marijuana users, who leads in cocaine abuse, and which states’ residents most abuse alcohol and other drugs.

Marijuana use

States with the highest percentage of residents age 12 or older who used marijuana in last month:

1. Alaska (11.53%)

2. Vermont (10.83%)

3. Rhode Island (9.98%)

4. Maine (9.85%)

5. Colorado (9.82%)

Cocaine use

States with the highest percentage of residents age 12 or older who used cocaine in the last year:

1. Rhode Island (3.87%)

2. Colorado (3.23%)

3. Alaska (3.00%)

4. Vermont (2.99%)

5. South Carolina (2.77%)

Alcohol dependence or abuse

States with the highest percentage of resident age 12 or older who are dependent on or abuse alcohol:

1. Montana (9.86%)

2. South Dakota (9.79%)

3. Minnesota (9.21%)

4. Colorado (9.03%)

5. New Mexico (8.68%)

Illegal substances dependence or abuse

States with the highest percentage of resident age 12 or older who are dependent on or abuse illegal substances:

1. Rhode Island (4.15%)

2. Massachusetts (3.48%)

3. Nevada (3.45%)

4. Oregon (3.43%)

5. New Hampshire (3.37%)

That's what's going on around the country. Here's what's happening in your neck of the woods.

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