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ND has fifth smallest drug problem in U.S., study finds

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An opioid overdose kit. Submitted photo

FARGO--  North Dakota is among the top 5 states as far as having the least amount of drug problems.

A study by the personal financial website WalletHub, which delves into a variety of issues, said the state is 46th in the amount of drug abuse troubles.

The state had its lower rating as it ranked first in treatment facilities per 100,000 people (12 years and older), 50th in the share of adults who used illicit drugs in the past month, 47th in drug overdose deaths per capita and share of adults who needed but didn’t receive treatment for illicit drug use in the past year.

The state also was 45th in opioid pain reliever prescriptions per capita and 43rd in the share of teenagers who used illicit drugs in the past month.

The study by the website’s team of researchers and experts compared 20 key metrics, ranging from arrests and overdose rates to opioid prescriptions and meth lab incidents per capita in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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The district had the highest drug use, followed by Missouri and New Hampshire.

Minnesota had the least problem, followed in the top five by Iowa, Utah, Kansas and then North Dakota.

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