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Which states have the biggest heroin problem?

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America has been fighting a war on drugs for decades, and the fight continues to this day. The primary target of today? Heroin. No other drug has risen in popularity more. In the past decade, heroin overdoses in the United States have skyrocketed, and the trend is showing no signs of slowing down.

The sheer volume of reported overdoses is staggering. Recent figures show that the demographic group with the largest increase in heroin use has been whites. With this troubling trend in mind, HealthGrove decided to examine the issue at the state level.

Using data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, healthgrove.com identified the 23 states that have seen the largest percentage increase in reported patients admitted to rehab clinics for heroin use from 2002 to 2012.

*Note: 10 states — Arizona, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wyoming — did not have data available, so they are not included in this list.

#23. New York

Total 2002 admits: 54,393
Total 2012 admits: 57,628

Percent increase: +5.9 percent

#22. Nevada

Total 2002 admits: 667
Total 2012 admits: 735

Percent increase: +10.2 percent

#21. Delaware

Total 2002 admits: 1,874
Total 2012 admits: 2,108

Percent increase: +12.5 percent

#20. Virginia

Total 2002 admits: 1,472
Total 2012 admits: 1,686

Percent increase: +14.5 percent

#19. Massachusetts

Total 2002 admits: 35,701
Total 2012 admits: 40,994

Percent increase: +14.8 percent

#18. Texas

Total 2002 admits: 3,929
Total 2012 admits: 4,671

Percent increase: +18.9 percent

#17. Maine

Total 2002 admits: 602
Total 2012 admits: 764

Percent increase: +26.9 percent

#16. Michigan

Total 2002 admits: 7,425
Total 2012 admits: 10,788

Percent increase: +45.3 percent

#15. Kansas

Total 2002 admits: 39
Total 2012 admits: 63

Percent increase: +61.5 percent

#14. Oklahoma

Total 2002 admits: 114
Total 2012 admits: 186

Percent increase: +63.2 percent

#13. Washington

Total 2002 admits: 2,113
Total 2012 admits: 3,948

Percent increase: +86.8 percent

#12. Utah

Total 2002 admits: 920
Total 2012 admits: 1,820

Percent increase: +97.8 percent

#11. Arkansas

Total 2002 admits: 18
Total 2012 admits: 39

Percent increase: +116.7 percent

#10. Ohio

Total 2002 admits: 4,325
Total 2012 admits: 9,515

Percent increase: +120 percent

#9. North Carolina

Total 2002 admits: 848
Total 2012 admits: 1,869

Percent increase: +120.4 percent

#8. South Dakota

Total 2002 admits: 7
Total 2012 admits: 30

Percent increase: +328.6 percent

#7. Nebraska

Total 2002 admits: 20
Total 2012 admits: 94

Percent increase: +370 percent

#6. Minnesota

Total 2002 admits: 775
Total 2012 admits: 4,089

Percent increase: +427.6 percent

#5. Indiana

Total 2002 admits: 66
Total 2012 admits: 410

Percent increase: +521.2 percent

#4. Oregon

Total 2002 admits: 4,421
Total 2012 admits: 39,051

Percent increase: +783.3 percent

#3. Missouri

Total 2002 admits: 249
Total 2012 admits: 4,065

Percent increase: +1,532.5 percent

#2. Alaska

Total 2002 admits: 11
Total 2012 admits: 197

Percent increase: +1,690.9 percent

#1. Kentucky

Total 2002 admits: 65
Total 2012 admits: 1,282

Percent increase: +1,872.3 percent

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