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Arkansas among leaders in positive tests for meth

MADISON, NJ (KAIT) - A new study released by Quest Diagnostics shows that Arkansas is one of the top states that had positive workplace drug tests for meth in 2010.

The report tested 42 state and showed that Arkansas' tests for meth were 280% greater that the national average. The study includes its first state-by-state analysis of methamphetamine positives based on more than 4.5 million tests from the general U.S. workforce.

Among others ranking at the top of the positive test lists were:

Hawaii: 410% greater than the national average

Oklahoma: 240% greater than the national average

Nevada: 180% greater than the national average

California: 140% greater than the national average

Wyoming - 130% greater than the national average

Utah - 120% greater than the national average

Arizona - 100% greater than the national average

Kansas - 80% greater than the national average

Arkansas ranks near the top of that list, but the study does show that the overall U.S. Workforce meth use has dropped dramatically from 0.18% in 2006 to 0.11% in 2008. In 2010, the positivity rate was at 0.10%.

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