OPEN MINDS The Behavioral Health & Social Service Industry Analyst Industry News The rate of new prescriptions for minor tranquilizers is highest in the southeastern states. Florida, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Ohio were all more than 20% above the national average in per capita prescriptions of minor tranquilizers, according to an article by Patricia Braus, "The Geography Of Tranquilizers" that appeared in the July, 1991 issue of American Demographics (page 14-15). Residents of Tennessee and Kentucky lead the nation . . .