A new WalletHub study has ranked New Mexico as the worst state for drug use, beating out every other state with the highest score of 71.26.
According to the study, “In order to determine which states have the biggest drug problems, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia in three overall categories: 1) Drug Use & Addiction, 2) Law Enforcement and 3) Drug Health Issues & Rehab.”
“Those categories include a total of 20 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the biggest drug problem.”
West Virginia came in second with a score of 66.67, and the District of Columbia, although not a state, ranked third in the nation with 62.60.
The state with the least amount of illicit drug use is Hawaii, scoring 22.8.
Regarding teen drug use, New Mexico ranked second only after Vermont. For teenagers being offered, sold, or given illegal drugs on school property, New Mexico ranked third-highest, only after Nevada and California, which ranked at the top.
The study notes, “Data used to create this ranking were collected from U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative, U.S. Department of Education – Office of Postsecondary Education, Guttmacher Institute, OHS Health & Safety Services, Recovery.org and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.”