Drugs, Alcohol, Despair: State Rankings
Government Report Details How States Rank in Substance Use and Mental Health Problems
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March 6, 2008 -- A new government report shows how states rank in terms of
substance use and mental health.
The report covers a wide swath of topics, including underage drinking,
cigarette use, illicit drug use, and depression.
The bottom line: "Every state and region must confront these
issues," Terry Cline, PhD, says in a news release.
Cline heads the Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration, which issued the report.
The report is based on 136,110 people aged 12 and older who were interviewed
for a national survey in 2005-2006.
North Dakota had the lowest percentage of people who reported using an
illicit drug during the previous month (5.7%). Rhode Island had the highest
Marijuana use was reported by
10.4% of participants in 2005-2006. Vermont had the highest rate of marijuana
use in the past month (9.7%). Utah had the lowest rate (4.3%).
Cocaine use was reported by 2.4%
of participants in 2005-2006. Cocaine rates were highest in Washington, D.C.
(4.9%) and lowest in North Dakota (1.6%).
Nonprescription use of painkillers was reported by 5% of participants, up
from 4.8% in 2004-2005.
About 2.8% of participants were dependent on or had abused illicit drugs in the
past year, the report shows.
About 30% of participants said they had used tobacco during the previous
month. And 25% said they had smoked cigarettes during the previous month.
West Virginia had the highest rate of past-month tobacco use (40.6%) and
cigarette use (32.5%). Utah had the lowest rate of past-month tobacco use
(22.1%) and cigarette use (19.3%).
Among youths, 10.6% reported smoking cigarettes in the
previous month, down from 11.3% in 2004-2005.