This graphic shows just how widespread meth is in the United States

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Nearly half of all inmates in the United States are serving sentences for drug offenses.

But exactly which drugs are getting people locked up?

In more than half of the 50 states, it's meth. According to research from the United States Sentencing Commission, methamphetamine produced more offenses than any other drug in 27 states, including much of the West, Midwest and the South.

DrugAbuse.com put together a graphic using data from the sentencing commission:

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Heroin produced the most drug offenses in 10 states, while powder cocaine produced the most or tied for the most in seven, including Washington, D.C.

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A Mexican soldier takes part in the burning of marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine at a military base in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state, on April 8, 2014. The Mexican Army burnt more than 17.5 tons of drug seized to groups of drug traffickers from the north of the country, reported a military authority. AFP PHOTO/Julio Cesar Aguilar (Photo credit should read Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images)
A Mexican soldier takes part in the burning of marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine at a military base in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state, on April 8, 2014. The Mexican Army burnt more than 17.5 tons of drug seized to groups of drug traffickers from the north of the country, reported a military authority. AFP PHOTO/Julio Cesar Aguilar (Photo credit should read Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images)
An iguana hangs from the uniform of a Mexican soldier during the burning of marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine at a military base in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state, on April 8, 2014. The Mexican Army burnt more than 17.5 tons of drug seized to groups of drug traffickers from the north of the country, reported a military authority. AFP PHOTO/Julio Cesar Aguilar (Photo credit should read Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images)
A Mexican soldier takes part in the burning of marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine at a military base in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state, on April 8, 2014. The Mexican Army burnt more than 17.5 tons of drug seized to groups of drug traffickers from the north of the country, reported a military authority. AFP PHOTO/Julio Cesar Aguilar (Photo credit should read Julio Cesar Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images)
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Marijuana may be the most widely used illicit substance in the country, but it was responsible for the most drug offenses in just four states. Twenty-five states and D.C. have laws legalizing marijuana in some form.

Here's the breakdown of drug offenses state by state:

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The graphic illustrates just how pervasive meth has become in some states. In Hawaii and Montana, meth was responsible for more than 90% of all drug offenses. And in North Dakota, Wyoming and Idaho, the figure topped 70%.

Meanwhile, Arizona stands out for its disproportionately high rate of marijuana sentences. The state has arguably the toughest marijuana penalties in the country — possessing any amount of the drug under two pounds can carry a sentence of up to two years.

Read the whole report from DrugAbuse.com here.

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