04/10/2015 10:52 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Illinois Is Among the 10 States Whose Residents Use Mood-Altering Drugs the Least

Illinoisans are among the least likely Americans to use mood-altering drugs, says a new Gallup survey.

The state ranks in the top 10 of states whose residents use "drugs or medications, including prescription drugs, which affect [their] mood and help [them] relax." About sixteen percent of Illinoisans said they used these kinds of drugs or medications every day.

The other states included in the top 10 were California, Wyoming, Alaska, Hawaii, Utah, Texas, New Jersey, Maryland, Texas and Colorado.

The states with the highest number of daily mood-altering drug users were Oregon, Missouri, Louisana, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Rhode Island.

Click on this map to see exactly where Illinois and the rest of these states rank among the top 10 and bottom 10, according to the Gallup poll.


Gallup notes the interpretation of drug use is left up to respondents and could include recreational or prescription drugs, alcohol and nicotine. While states with the lowest percentage of near-daily substance use are spread out across the U.S., six of the top 10 states are in the South.

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