Last year, the state recorded over 1,000 overdose deaths. Currently, the state marked over 3,000 overdoses so far this year. Despite these record-shattering numbers, Connecticut’s drug problem is not the worst in the nation. In fact, it’s nowhere near the top of the list.
The Hour reports that our friends at Wallethub came out with a new survey about the nation’s drug problem. The survey studied compares illegal drug use and abuse on a state-by-state basis. Their main indicators were drug abuse and addiction, law enforcement, and drug health issues/rehab.
They then looked into 20 individual yet related key metrics, such as rate of teen abuse, overdoses, and meth lab incidents to determine the states with the biggest problems.
While we think Connecticut’s situation is dire, we should thank our lucky starts. Although as heartbreaking as it is, it could be so much worse.
Currently, we rank dead center when it comes to drug issues. Out of all 50 states, we rank 25th. However, we ranked poorly in other areas than others.
For example, we ranked 4th worst state for drug abuse in teenagers. Meaning, we have the 4th highest incidence rate of teens buying, selling, and taking drugs on school property. We also scored 5th worst in terms of giving adult addicts the support and treatment they need.
As for rate of addiction, CT came 22nd. It’s a number that our health officials believe will continue to rise due to the increasing amount of overdose deaths every year.
On a brighter note, our state did tie for first place for most people receiving help for their drug addictions out of 100,000 users.
So why did Wallethub come out with this study? It’s no secret our current President made a vow to tackle our drug problem head on. His administration offered several suggestions, from increasing funds dedicated to the war on drugs to floating the death penalty for drug dealers.
Wallethub said they hope this study will show Americans that drug abuse is a growing problem in our country that won’t go away on its own:
“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 in the current political climate.”
This study also found that red states had less of a drug problem than blue states. What that means is up for your interpretation.
So, did this study put our nation’s drug abuse problem into perspective? How do you think the War on Drugs will end? Should we just open the floodgates and legalize everything or crack down on addicts and dealers equally? Let me know in the comments below.