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Study: Indiana Ranks Fifth In Nation For Drug Use

Bottles of prescription drugs lined up on a table.

The report says federal drug spending has increased from almost $24 billion in 2013 to more than $27 billion in 2018. (Steve Burns/WTIU News)

Indiana ranks fifth in the nation for drug use, according to a study by finance website WalletHub.

The report examined three criteria to determine state rankings: drug use and addiction, drug health issues and rehab, and law enforcement. It used data from the FBI, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Census Bureau.

WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez says Indiana’s drug use problem lies in its creation and enforcement of drug policy. She says Indiana could pass stronger employee drug testing laws, among others.

“It could use tighter prescription drug monitoring laws that essentially would require doctors to consult an opioid prescription database before prescribing painkillers,” she says.

However, Gonzalez says, Indiana’s rehabilitation programs rank well among other states.

“Seems like the help is there, it’s really the policy that needs to help prevent things in the first place," she says.

WATCH: Finding The Fix: Heroin’s Hold on the Heartland

Gonzalez says WalletHub did the study because the national drug use problem is a financially relevant one.

“You know, all of these things get passed to our wallets as well, when we’re looking at things like law enforcement and where our taxes go," Gonzalez says.

She says WalletHub did the study because the national drug use problem is a financially relevant one.

“You know, all of these things get passed to our wallets as well, when we’re looking at things like law enforcement and where our taxes go," she says.

The report says federal drug spending has increased from almost $24 billion in 2013 to more than $27 billion in 2018.

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