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Does Texas Have a Big Drug Problem? Maybe Not So Much

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We hear about drug busts and drug problems on the news all the time but when it comes down to it, Texas fares pretty well compared to other states. According to the personal finance website WalletHub, the States with the Biggest Drug Problems in 2017 compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of 15 key metrics, ranging from arrest and overdose rates to opioid prescriptions and meth-lab incidents per capita. The Lone Star State is actually pretty low on the list.

Drug Abuse & Prevention in Texas (1=Biggest Problem; 25=Avg.)

  • 33rd – Percentage of Teenagers Who Used Illicit Drugs in the Past Month
  • 44th – Percentage of Adults Who Used Illicit Drugs in the Past Month
  • 33rd – Number of Opioid Pain Reliever Prescriptions per Capita
  • 48th – Number of Drug Overdose Deaths per Capita
  • 23rd – Number of Drug Arrests per Capita
  • 48th – Percentage of Adults Who Needed But Didn’t Receive Treatment for Illicit Drug Use in the Past Year
  • 26th – Number of Drug Arrests on College Campuses per 1,000 Students

To view the full report, click here. 

And, if you like drug-related humor, don’t miss the 4:20 Checkout with Dave Fenix on KLUB Classic Rock 106.9.

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