Inhalants Abuse

June 3, 2012

Louisiana — Violent States

Filed under: Media Reports — admin @ 10:07 am

A study was done on violent crimes in the US and according to the study by the Institute for Economics and Peace, Louisiana makes the bottom of the list.  Is that a good thing or bad thing?  This nonpartisan group is releasing this information for the second year and according to the Vice President Michael Shank data from previous reports Louisiana has ranked as one of the most violent states for the past two decades.  That may not be good news.  Maine has been named the most peaceful state for the past 11 years.

What is the ranking based on?  This group looks at five different factors; homicide rates, violent crime statistics, number of police employees, incarceration rates and the availability of small arms.  With these parameters Louisiana received an overall score of 4.05 and Maine has an overall score of 1.31.  Tennessee was the second most violent state and it had an overall score of 3.41.

The study suggest that Louisiana ranked last for the number of homicides, it tied with five other states for last on the incarceration rate, and ranks at the bottom 10 for the number of violent crimes, the number of police employees and the availability of small arms. Rehabs in Louisiana no doubt also see side effects of the drug abuse that goes hand in hand with violence.

There were other states that were listed as more violent and they include Nevada scoring 3.41, Florida scoring 3.36, Arizona scoring 3.22, Missouri scoring 3.21 and Texas and Utah scoring 3.20.

Just as a side note New Orleans was ranked as the second most violent city scoring 3.70.  It came in behind Detroit scoring 3.87.

This study presents that the south is made up of 14 states from Texas to Florida to Maryland.  This region is the most violent in the United States.  Perhaps it’s no surprise that Louisiana drug rehabs are also kept very busy. Another region they looked at is the Northeast and is made up of Maine to Pennsylvania ranking the most peaceful region.

Do you want to know what the cost of violence is in these United States?  It is conservatively estimated to be over $460 billion dollars and the lost productivity from violence amounted to $318 billion.  That my friend is a whole lot of money that could be spent somewhere else.  There is no doubt that drugs have a play in these figures. Anyone with a drug problem needs to get him or herself to an inpatient treatment center or one of the inhalant abuse rehabs immediately.

The Institute for Economics and Peace is a non-profit organization and they are dedicated to shifting the world’s focus to peace as a positive measurable of human well-being and progress.

There is cause for optimism in Louisiana: both the homicide and violent crime rates have decline along with incarceration rates.

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