Numbing down of America
Tracking the state-by-state use of mood-altering drugs
As part of its State of the States series—which seeks to measure the country’s well-being—Gallup asked residents of each state how often they use drugs that “affect your mood or help you relax.” Nationally, 18.9 percent of Americans reported using mood-altering drugs—everything from cigarettes to prescription medication—on a daily basis. What states were the highest and lowest users?
% of population using almost every day:
West Virginia (28.1)
Rhode Island (25.9)
North Dakota (16.4)