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New Mexico ranks sixth in the nation for drug abuse, according to a recent study.

The study, conducted by personal-finance website WalletHub, compares the 50 states and the District of Columbia in terms of 20 key metrics ranging from arrest and overdose rates to opioid prescriptions and meth-lab incidents per capita.

Perhaps most disturbingly, New Mexico ranked third in the U.S. in share of teenagers who have used illicit drugs in the past month.

Other results for the state included:

• 13th in drug overdose deaths per capita
• 14th in share of adults who used illicit drugs in the past month.
• 18th in share of adults who needed but did not receive treatment for illicit drug use in the past year.
• 28th in opioid pain reliever prescriptions per capita.
• 28th in drug arrests per capita.

To view the full report, visit wallethub.com/edu/drug-use-by-state/35150.

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