10 States with the Highest Drug Overdose Death Rates in America

We present you with the list of states with the highest drug overdose death rates in America. Insider Monkey has recently published an interesting article about it. What is the definition of a drug? Well, it is a chemical substance that has an effect on our central nervous system when consumed. Also, drugs can be put in our body in numerous ways, whether it is directly through a vein, snorting or sniffling through the nose, swallowing. It’s important to know that there are different types of drugs, pharmaceutical drugs, psychoactive drugs, “club drugs”, etc. “Club drugs”, are the types of drugs people usually consume when they are out and about in clubs, concerts, festivals, etc., some of the drugs that belong to this category are GHB, Rohypnol®, Ketamine, MDMA (Ecstasy), Methamphetamine, and LSD (Acid).

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Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked three states with the highest drug overdose death rates in America from their list.

The first one is Massachusetts. Massachusetts went from 488 drug overdose deaths in 1999  to 1.567 in 2015. Almost 70% of these deaths are because of the use of fentanyl. Just like North Carolina, Massachusetts fights the same battle. Fentanyl is mostly prescribed for chronic pain, however most of the patients have a hard time of letting it go once they’re healthy hence the addiction. Let’s see which country comes next on our list of states with the highest drug overdose death rates in America. The second state should be Illinois. Illinois went from having 825 deaths in 1999 to 1,835 in 2015. Unlike Massachusetts and North Carolina, Illinois has a bigger problem with heroin rather than fentanyl. While there are states that have ups and downs with this problem, Illinois is one of the states with a steady rise regarding the epidemic drug deaths from year to year. At last, but not least let’s check the numbers of Texas. Texas went from having 1,087 drug deaths in 1999 to 2,588 in 2015. Texas actually added several substances to the Controlled Substances Act,  those that you can get a penalty for using. According to Texas Drug Abuse Statistic most of the import of illicit drugs happens because Mexico is right there below, which makes Texas a perfect target for smuggling.

For any further useful information, read Insider Monkey’s article about 10 states with the highest drug overdose death rates in America.

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