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Study: Minnesota has the least drug problems in the country

ST. PAUL --  Minnesota is the state in the country with the least drug problems, according to a personal finance website that studies a variety of issues.

The state didn’t top the list in any of the key metrics used by WalletHub researchers and experts, but was ranked low in almost every category.

Minnesotans were 47th in opioid pain reliever prescriptions per capita, 41st in drug overdoses per capita, 40th in drug arrests per capita and 11th in substance abuse treatment facilities per 100,000 people (12 and above).

The state was also 38th in share of teenagers who used illicit drugs in the past month and 31st among adults.

The upper Midwest performed well in the study as Iowa was second, while North Dakota was fifth. South Dakota was 34th.

The study examined issues ranging from arrests and overdose rates to opioid prescriptions and meth lab incidents per capita in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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

For more on the study, see  https://wallethub.com/edu/drug-use-by-state/35150/