Americans like to use their drugs. Be it weed, coke, dope or prescription pills, people in the United States get their hands on drugs and get high for many reasons from recreation to dependency. So, which state do people use drugs the most? One might think that places like Colorado, Washington or any of the states that have legalized marijuana recently would top the list. Maybe a state like Nevada where good time seekers come to let loose. Surprisingly, the state with the highest rate of drug use is Rhode Island.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that more people are smoking marijuana in Rhode Island (one of 23 states where medicinal marijuana is legal) than anywhere else in the nation. 14% of residents over the age of twelves admitted to using marijuana in the past month (up from 13% last year). 20% admitted to using marijuana in the past year. This is also a one percent jump from last year.
Rhode Island residents also led the nation in use of illegal drugs other than marijuana. 4.3% admitted to using drugs other than weed in the last month. In fact, Rhode Island officials have declared an opioid epidemic in the state due to 212 deaths related to accidental drug overdoses this year. This number mirrors the previous year’s statistics.
Rhode Island residents use of drugs may only increase in the years to come. There is currently a coalition in the state moving to join Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon as states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana.