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Report: Michigan's drug problem getting worse

Posted: 9:37 AM, May 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-14 10:30:30-04

LANSING, Mich. — A new report shows Michigan's drug problem is not getting any better. reports Michigan is now second in the country in terms of drug use.

The study compares all 50 states and the District of Columbia across 22 categories. Those categories include things like overdose rates, arrests and opioid prescriptions among others.

Michigan ranks 12th for adults using illicit drugs within the past month. The state is 16th for teenagers using illicit drugs within the past month.

The state ranks 15th in drug overdose deaths and 10th in opioid prescriptions per capita.

The second place ranking is two spots higher than in 2018.

Washington, D.C. takes the number one spot for the third straight year.

According to the study, Minnesota, Hawaii, Iowa and Kansas are among the states with the the lowest rates of drug use.

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