United States of Addiction | Drug & Alcohol Stats by State
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United States of Addiction
Drug Statistics in the US

Substance abuse is killing around 430 Americans — more than a jumbo jet crash — each day.

Those shocking statistics come even with 7,414 daily drug and alcohol-related arrests.

The real problem is that 19.7 million American adults are battling addiction, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). That’s around 6% of the population.

While Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia have been hit hardest by the drug crisis, states like Alaska must face dire alcohol issues. As you read this, families in every single state are dealing with the tragic consequences of drugs and alcohol.

US Drug Deaths Compared in Chart

Ranking the States

Adjusted for population, South Dakota, Wyoming and Mississippi top the list. While, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Alaska have the least drug position charges per capita.

Drug possession makes up only 0.5% of total arrests in the U.S. but still equates to over 3,739 drug arrests per day.

State Ranking Rate Arrests
AK 50 136 1,006
AL 42 268 10,193
AR 16 565 15,736
AZ 25 474 30,309
CA 17 561 219,016
CO 39 295 14,790
CT 43 265 9,349
DC 11 626 30,020
DE 31 451 4,289
FL 18 557 114,550
GA 24 486 39,593
HI 45 180 2,574
IA 38 340 9,550
ID 13 606 8,031
IL 30 451 12,958
IN 33 419 18,041
KS 32 434 7,519
KY 20 527 23,308
LA 9 658 27,529
MA 49 152 9,770
MD 14 590 30,692
ME 34 409 5,430
MI 35 400 38,780
MN 40 294 15,397
MO 4 722 41,674
MS 3 753 10,414
MT 44 255 2,638
NC 41 291 18,247
ND 8 676 5,093
NE 6 690 11,878
NH 10 655 8,346
NJ 5 704 61,579
NM 28 462 6,924
NV 27 468 13,770
NY 12 616 65,379
OH 37 361 32,324
OK 15 590 22,107
OR 36 368 13,639
PA 29 454 53,633
RI 48 167 1,759
SD 1 1002 7,912
TN 7 685 44,185
TX 21 518 140,314
UT 19 539 15,111
VA 26 473 39,132
VT 46 170 593
WA 47 170 11,017
WI 23 497 28,025
WV 22 501 6,267
WY 2 815 4,482

Rate = The number of deaths per 100,000 total population.
Source: https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/

Adjusted for population, West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania top the list. While, the northern midwest states of Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota see the least overdose deaths per capita.

Pennsylvania has the highest total overdose deaths at 5,388, making up 8% of the country’s total of 69,927 a year. That’s equal to over 191 deaths every day. The statistics are as sad as they are shocking.

State Ranking Rate Deaths
AK 28 20.2 147
AL 31 18 835
AR 34 15.5 446
AZ 23 22.2 1,532
CA 44 11.7 4,868
CO 33 17.6 1,015
CT 11 30.9 1,072
DE 5 37 338
FL 16 25.1 5,088
GA 36 14.7 1,537
HI 38 13.8 203
IA 46 11.5 341
ID 37 14.4 236
IL 24 21.6 2,778
IN 13 29.4 1,852
KS 43 11.8 333
KY 4 37.2 1,566
LA 18 24.5 1,108
MA 9 31.8 2,168
MD 7 36.3 2,247
ME 8 34.4 424
MI 14 27.8 2,694
MN 39 13.3 733
MO 20 23.4 1,367
MS 41 12.2 354
MT 45 11.7 119
NC 19 24.1 2,414
ND 48 9.2 68
NE 50 8.1 152
NH 6 37 467
NJ 12 30 2,685
NM 17 24.8 493
NV 25 21.6 676
NY 30 19.4 3,921
OH 2 46.3 5,111
OK 29 20.1 775
OR 40 12.4 530
PA 3 44.3 5,388
RI 10 31 320
SC 27 20.5 1,008
SD 49 8.5 73
TN 15 26.6 1,776
TX 47 10.5 2,989
UT 22 22.3 650
VA 32 17.9 1,507
VT 21 23.2 134
WA 35 15.2 1,169
WI 26 21.2 1,177
WV 1 57.8 974
WY 42 12.2 69

Rate = The number of deaths per 100,000 total population.
Source: http://wonder.cdc.gov

South Dakota and Wyoming top the arrest lists for both drugs and alcohol when adjusted for population. However, California has the highest total alcohol arrests at 208,478, which is almost 16% of the country’s 1.3 million total alcohol arrests.

Every day around 3,675 people are arrested for alcohol, with driving under the influence as the most likely cause.

State Rank Rate DUI Liquor Laws Drunken-ness* All
AK 24 104 3,063 775 112 3,950
AL 32 2424 8,126 2,496 7,283 17,905
AR 23 236 6,703 1,769 6,589 15,061
AZ 6 1699 23,498 9,745 14,100 47,343
CA 25 534 129,752 8,857 69,869 208,478
CO 12 652 23,364 9,025 249 32,638
CT 47 249 8,533 225 8 8,766
DC 18 2936 15,947 5,014 6,956 27,917
DE 49 8 355 884 345 1,584
FL 48 605 35,042 14,280 0 49,322
GA 42 1725 18,939 4,262 1,442 24,643
HI 33 491 5,929 575 4 6,508
IA 7 723 9,836 3,943 6,983 20,762
ID 17 181 6,195 1,324 254 7,773
IL 50 110 2,929 165 0 3,094
IN 30 1240 13,492 3,665 4,316 21,473
KS 29 196 5,923 2,593 134 8,650
KY 9 747 16,901 94 14,259 31,254
LA 40 1110 7,587 3,596 3,567 14,750
MA 45 320 9,008 2,000 5,600 16,608
MD 35 361 17,809 5,398 14 23,221
ME 15 83 5,834 2,218 17 8,069
MI 38 737 27,571 10,690 367 38,628
MN 27 1970 19,196 8,054 1 27,251
MO 37 439 19,729 5,280 330 25,339
MS 5 1145 7,160 983 3,721 11,864
MT 16 364 4,392 1,871 0 6,263
NC 26 1111 30,380 2,286 0 32,666
ND 3 702 5,725 2,922 309 8,956
NE 10 135 6,948 4,862 0 11,810
NH 4 765 4,874 2,907 3,683 11,464
NJ 43 243 22,745 3,044 0 25,789
NM 19 137 6,178 1,977 445 8,600
NV 31 1893 10,660 3,383 214 14,257
NY 44 344 29,238 1,599 0 30,837
OH 46 612 15,060 5,973 1,886 22,919
OK 8 732 12,200 1,433 13,507 27,140
OR 28 162 14,282 4,844 0 19,126
PA 14 6888 44,111 9,179 19,475 72,765
RI 41 67 2,719 486 10 3,215
SD 1 1561 7,196 2,596 2,538 12,330
TN 13 633 22,563 4,278 14,029 40,870
TX 20 556 67,950 10,928 71,819 150,697
UT 21 553 8,713 3,860 2,909 15,482
VA 22 13043 20,084 5,223 20,125 45,432
VT 36 19 1,474 60 1 1,535
WA 39 397 23,209 2,487 22 25,718
WI 11 2995 24,795 12,675 0 37,470
WV 34 101 4,427 591 673 5,691
WY 2 1310 3,056 1,929 2,219 7,204

Rate = The number of deaths per 100,000 total population.
Source: https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/

Alaska, New Mexico and Colorado have the highest percentage of alcohol-related deaths. These states are not in the top 10 for alcohol arrests or drug overdose deaths.

Northeast states with high-population cities are at the bottom of the list — Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

State Deaths Percent Rank
AK 275 7.8 1
AK 920 3.2 33
AL 1,511 3.2 32
AZ 2,362 5.1 4
CA 10,572 4.5 7
CO 1,628 5.3 3
CT 836 2.9 44
DE 248 3.3 28
FL 6,643 3.9 14
GA 2,555 3.7 16
HI 304 3.2 34
IA 775 2.8 47
ID 437 4 12
IL 3,042 3 40
IN 1,646 2.9 45
KS 762 3.1 36
KY 1,351 3.3 29
LA 1,475 3.6 20
MA 1,525 2.9 46
MD 1,318 3 42
ME 372 3 41
MI 2,945 3.4 26
MI 1,025 3.6 21
MN 1,257 3.3 30
MO 1,866 3.4 27
MT 390 4.5 8
NC 2,761 3.6 22
ND 179 3.1 37
NE 422 2.8 48
NH 341 3.3 31
NJ 1,754 2.5 51
NM 1,042 6.6 2
NV 943 4.9 5
NY 4,011 2.7 50
OH 3,288 3.1 38
OK 1,350 3.7 17
OR 1,302 4.1 11
PA 3,510 2.8 49
RI 292 3 43
SC 1,534 3.8 15
SD 249 3.6 23
TN 2,064 3.6 24
TX 6,514 4 13
UT 529 3.7 18
VA 1,865 3.2 35
VT 183 3.5 25
WA 1,981 4.2 10
WI 1,706 3.7 19
WV 660 3.1 39
WY 210 4.9 6

Precent = The number of alcohol-related deaths per total deaths.
Source: https://www.cdc.gov/

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