How Big is Colorado’s Drug Problem – One of the Worst in the Nation!

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Ben MillerMay 15, 2017, 6:55am MDT

Colorado has one of the worst drug problems in the country, according to a new report.
Colorado ranks third in the nation for drug abuse, according to a new report by Washington, D.C.-based financial analysis company WalletHub, which reported only Washington, D.C. and Vermont have bigger drug problems than Colorado.
Colorado has one of the worst drug problems in the country, according to a new report.
Colorado has one of the worst drug problems in the country, according to a new report.

According to WalletHub, Colorado ranks first in the country for the percentage of adults who used illicit drugs in the past month and first in the country for the percentage of teenagers who have used illicit drugs in the past month.

Colorado also ranks ninth in the country when it comes to the percentage of teenagers who tried marijuana before the age of 13 and 14th in the country for the percentage of adults who needed but didn’t receive treatment for illicit drug use in the past year.

To compile its rankings, WalletHub said it used 15 metrics from three categories, including drug abuse and addiction; law enforcement; and drug health issues and rehab.

Last year, it was reported that nationally, illicit drug use was on the rise, with positive tests for illicit drug use reaching a 10-year high, according to a laboratory services company.

Ben Miller contributes to the Denver Business Journal and compiles the Morning Edition email newsletter. Contact him at bwmiller@bizjournals.com.

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