Louisiana failed drug test rate exceeds national average

Louisiana failed drug test rate exceeds national average
Louisiana failed drug test rate exceeds national average (Robin Richardson)

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC)- At 5.7 percent Louisiana’s drug test positivity rate is over 1 percent higher than the national average, according to a map produced by Quest Diagnostics' drug testing index.

“And my opinion of it is we are right on I-10,″ Tyler Mccann, owner of All Ways monitoring said. “Most of our drug and our distribution comes from our borders and distributors through Houston.”

The map shows that Southwest Louisiana is one of the densest failed drug test areas in the state.

“Marijuana, amphetamines, cocaine use, those are your most common," Mccann said. "And then you know from there on you have some pain medication people that are abusing those different things if they’re not on a script than the might fail. They have to produce a prescription.”

Even though the index shows a problem in our area Mccan says there are ways to tackle the issue.

“We have really really good law enforcement in this area," Mccann said. "I think the war on drugs will always continue but when you have a community like ours that comes together we make really really good pushes towards getting these drugs off the streets. We have some great great programs in place.”

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