A lot of us aim to be on top, but in this case, there is no reason to take pride in being at the top of the list.
According to a report published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, Washington D.C. has the highest rates of drug and alcohol abuse in the country. Statistics indicate that 11.3 percent of Washington D.C. residents, aged 12 years old and older, abused or were dependent on drugs. This rate is well above the nation's average of 8.9 percent.
This is being attributed, in part, to the fact that drugs are widespread and most readily available in the city. High-stress levels, as well as difficulties in getting those who are suffering from substance abuse to undergo treatment
, are two other factors mentioned.
George Wheeler, who runs the addiction counseling center Circles of Hope, commented: You can find drugs in any quadrant of the city.
Dr. Daniel Z. Lieberman, a psychiatry professor at George Washington University, on the other hand, pointed out two circumstances that may lead to drug abuse and alcohol abuse: stress from working in high-pressure careers, and poverty
. The city of Washington, D.C., has a lot of citizens falling into either of these two categories.
The report is the result of an analysis of data from drug and alcohol surveys from 2008 to 2009, as well as interviews. The survey identified the following as the most widely used abused substances: alcohol
, and cocaine