New Jersey’s State Rank in Drug Abuse

Through a variety of facts and figures, the states have all been ranked against each other in regards to their drug addiction and abuse statistics. And, although it can sometimes feel like there is a particularly bad problem in New Jersey when it comes to certain drugs, we actually aren’t ranked that bad when the whole picture is looked at. In fact, by coming in at number 29, we are still “better” than more than half of the country as far as the state’s overall drug use is concerned. That could certainly stand as a great indicator that the best New Jersey rehab centers are also some of the best in the nation.

Drug abuse has a long and storied history in the United States, and we’ve been “at war” with it since 1971 under the Nixon administration. But no matter who is in office, the federal drug budget continues to increase. It’s moved from $23.8 billion in 2013 to almost $27.5 billion in 2017.

The current administration seems to be taking a hardline approach to drug use. President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have advocated for strict sentences for drug-related offenses, even as far as the death penalty in some cases.

Given the uncertain future and lack of significant progress to date, it’s fair to wonder where drug abuse is most pronounced and which areas are most at risk in the current political climate. This report attempts to answer those questions by comparing the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 20 key metrics, ranging from arrest and overdose rates to opioid prescriptions and meth-lab incidents per capita. Continue reading for the complete findings, commentary from a panel of researchers and a full description of the methodology used. Click Here to Continue Reading