To determine the states using the most mind-altering drugs, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the percentage of state residents reporting near-daily drug use to relax based on interviews conducted between January and December 2014 for the latest Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. We also considered data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey, including median household income, poverty rate, and adult educational attainment rates. From the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we reviewed annual state unemployment rates from 2013. We also reviewed 2013 obesity and teen pregnancy rates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Incidence of heart disease in 2013 is from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Cancer deaths and the number of years lost due to premature death are from the United Health Foundation. Admittances to drug rehabilitation centers are from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Interestingly enough, only two Blue States make the Top 10.