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Hawaii, Arkansas and Oklahoma Lead the Nation for Methamphetamine Use in the Workforce, Reveals Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index™
Date:9/2/2011

astward into the Midwest and South," said Dr. Barry Sample, Director of Science and Technology for Quest Diagnostics Employer Solutions. "In 2010 alone, thousands of U.S. workers tested positive for this highly addictive substance that can affect behavior and judgment, and quickly change the course of a life."

While overall positivity for methamphetamine use in the U.S. general workforce dropped dramatically from 0.18% in 2006 to 0.11% in 2008, the decline in the drug's use appears to have halted thereafter, with a 0.10% positivity rate in both 2009 and 2010. Regional analysis of the same five-year period suggests that some high prevalence areas may be showing improvement while others are rising in comparison to the national average in recent years. Regional Comparison to National Average – Methamphetamine*

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010West Region - Pacific Division (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA)

161%

150%

145%

160%

130%West Region - Mountain Division (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY) 

133%

114%

82%

90%

70%South Region - West South Central Division (AR, OK, LA, TX)

22%

21%

18%

30%

50%Midwest Region - West North Central Division (IA, KS, MO, MN, ND, NE, SD)

6%

7%

0%

10%

20%South Region - East South Central Division (AL, KY, MS, TN)

-39%

-43%

-45%

-20%

-10%South Region - South Atlantic Division (DC, DE, FL, GA, NC, SC, VA, WV)

-61%

-64%

-64%

-60%

-60%Midwest Region - East North Central Division (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI)

-83%

-86%

-82%

-80%

-80%Northeast Region - Middle Atlantic Division (NJ, NY, PA)

-89%

-86%

-91%

-90%

-90%Northeast Region - New England Division (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)

-94%

-93%

-91%

-90%

-100%*Percent Differ
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