New National Report Shows Substantial Disparities in the Levels of Substance Abuse and Mental Illness Problems Experienced Among the States
Some States have levels twice as high as other States in certain categories of problems, but all States face daunting substance abuse and mental illness challenges. A new report providing State-by-State analyses of substance abuse and mental illness patterns reveals that wide variations exist in the levels of problems such as illicit drug use found among States but that every State suffers from these problems. For example, Iowa had less than half the current illicit drug use rate of Rhode Island among those ages 12 and older (5.2 percent vs. 12.5 percent), yet Iowa’s 12 and older population also had one of the Nation’s highest levels of people experiencing alcohol dependence or abuse in the past year (9.2 percent).
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