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Arizona ranks 8th nationwide for overall drug use, study finds

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PHOENIX — Arizona ranks among the top states in the nation for drug use, outranking high-population states like New York, California and Texas.

According to a recent WalletHub study, Arizona ranks 8th in the nation for drug use.

The state also ranked in the top ten in the nation for two other categories: Percent of adults who needed but didn’t get drug treatment in the last year (4th) and percent of teens who used illicit drugs in the last month (10th).

Arizona also ranked 3rd for percent of teens who were offered, sold or given an illicit drug on school property.

Arizona ranked above average, which WalletHub marked at 25th, in a majority of other categories as well.

The state ranked 13th for percent of adults who used drugs in the last month, 18th for number of drug overdose deaths per capita, 22nd for number of substance abuse treatment facilities per 100,000 people and 24th for number of drug arrests per capita.

There was only one category which Arizona ranked below average in: Number of opioid pain reliever prescriptions per capita, at 26th.

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