By Georgia Keenan

31st October 2018

”Addiction begins with the hope that something “out there” can instantly fill up the emptiness inside.”

-Jean Kilbourne

With more treatment centers opening, prevention campaigns being launched and criminals being incarcerated – many people are of the belief that America’s drug epidemic is completely under control. It’s not…

In spite of these efforts to curb the problem, the country’s addiction rate has only spiralled over the years.

Jaw-dropping statistics have shown that nearly 1 in 10 Americans are battling a drug abuse problem, with the most popular drug of choice being opiates!

The US is world leader in opioid consumption (not that that is something to be proud of), a fact which has been largely swept under the rug.

Like anywhere else in the world, some areas of the country are more deeply affected by this national crisis…

How many of these US cities have you unknowingly visited?

More And More Americans Are Becoming Addicted…

Recent studies have shown that around 1 in 10 Americans are struggling with drug addiction.

60. Chattanooga, TN

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The stunning city of Chattoonga is located along the Tennessee river and has a population of 175,000 people. Unfortunately, it is also batting drug addiction.

It is estimated that 7.7% of Chattanooga’s population has developed an addiction to prescription opioids. Pretty shocking right? Well, buckle in because things are about to get a whole lot worse…

59. Evansville-Henderson, IN-KY

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Just over four hours away, we have our next addiction hotspot. Evansville-Henderson is the 142nd most densely populated metropolitan area in the US, so it’s perhaps not surprising that addiction is a huge issue here.

The city is home to around 358,000 people, and it has been estimated that around 7.8% of them have developed an addiction to prescription opioids.

58. Fayetteville, NC

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Fayetteville is a historic city located in the southern region of North Carolina. Recent figures have shown that approximately 7.9% of the city’s population has developed an opioid painkiller abuse problem.