Special Report

Counties With Worst Drug Problems in Every State


To determine the counties with the worst drug problem in every state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the average number of drug-related deaths per 100,000 residents in all U.S. counties and county equivalents each year for the period 2013 to 2017 with data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s WONDER web application. The causes of drug-induced deaths include unintentional overdoses, suicide, homicide, and undetermined causes. Figures on poverty and population came from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and are five-year averages for the period 2013 to 2017. All data is for the most recent period available.