Drug Trends by State: The Most Affected States

The Treatment Center recently shared the video below as a means to spread awareness about nationwide addiction and drug trends, as well as the reasons why professionals study them on a per capita basis as opposed to a large-scale one. The following information includes research findings that further explore the geographical trends of drug use, addiction, and treatment availability. More information about per capita drug use studies are available here.

Drug Preferences Vary Based on Geography

Ranks of states with overdoses per capita

Each region in the United States has a unique identity when it comes to food, housing, and lifestyle. However, they also vary in their populations, drug(s) of choice. In fact, geography and substance preferences share a correlation that can be studied in depth. For example, states with more low-income rural communities may struggle more with addiction to illicit drugs like heroin while states with more financial stability may struggle more with prescription drug addiction.


Nationwide Overdose Trends Per Capita

Overdose is an epidemic that has touched every corner of the country. However, unlike drug trends, overdose rates are not mapped geographically. Instead, researchers study overdose rates on a per capita basis. This research method takes the size of the state into account when recording the number of people affected by addiction. After all, larger states may have a larger number of overdoses than smaller states, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that their overdose rates are higher. For example, Florida has the most substantial number of drug overdoses in any state; but West Virginia, a considerably smaller state, has the highest recorded per capita addiction rate at 47.94 per 100k residents. The national average of overdoses is 19.8.


Addiction Treatment Availability Per Capita

Large states with sufficient funding for healthcare are bound to have a larger number of centers than smaller states. However, like overdose rates, the number of rehabilitation facilities should also be measured per capita. Again, larger states will have more facilities, but that doesn’t mean they are providing more help than smaller states. For example, Vermont, the 6th smallest state in the U.S., has the 2nd fewest number of treatment facilities and the 9th highest per capita ranking at 6.2 facilities per 100,000 residents. Texas, the 2nd largest state, has the lowest addiction treatment ranking in the country at 1.38 per 100,000 residents.


Addiction Treatment at The Treatment Center, Lake Worth FL

One of the most important things to remember about addiction is that it is a disease, not a moral failing. Like any disease, addiction requires the right kind of care for a successful recovery. This is why drug trends that surround substance use, addiction and overdose should be studied per capita, it will provide better insight into which areas need to improve their treatment availability. In the meantime, if you or someone you care about is struggling with an addiction to drugs or alcohol, The Treatment Center of Lake Worth, FL is here to help. Please call us at: (561) 582-2030 for more information about our programs and services. All calls are confidential.