A big number of Americans are involved in the worst drug problem the US is facing.. The whole of America is fighting all the frustrating effects of the opioid epidemic that kills an average of 115 people every day due to overdose. The federal government declared the opioid crisis as a ‘national public health emergency’ last October 2017.

Minnesota is one of the states in America affected by the epidemic. However, Minnesota is ranked last in WalletHub’s ranking for drug use ranking by state.

Opioid Crisis

When compared to the other states, Minnesota might come in the least when it comes to opioid abusers, but they’re no exception to the crisis. The state has not escaped the epidemic with a recorded case of 395 opioid-related overdose deaths.

In the past, Minnesota only has problems with illegal drugs. But they recently jumped in the opioid bandwagon as prescription medications are becoming increasingly problematic. When used as prescribed, these drugs can be a big help especially for patients with illness like cancer. But misused opioids and other prescription drugs can lead to addiction and lead to fatality.

Methamphetamine Crisis

If there’s one common and dangerous substance abused in Minnesota, it’s methamphetamine. The state is considered as a home to a methamphetamine epidemic. The Minneapolis/St. Paul Statistical Area particularly struggles with a methamphetamine problem. When compared in 2005, the treatment admissions in the state in 2018 has way exceeded the number of admissions in 2005.

In total, statewide overdose deaths rosed steadily since 2000. Minnesota’s drug problem has very real causes and consequences. Depression, homelessness, and other forms of mental illness are comorbidities of substance abuse. These statistics form a disturbing picture of the state’s struggle with substance abuse and make a compelling call to take action.

Alcohol Abuse

Aside from illegal drugs, alcohol abuse is also a problem in Minnesota. Almost 5% of adults in the state is abusing alcohol. 10% of these abusers belong in the age group between 18 and 20 while 13% are between 20 and 24 years old.


The statistics of the worsening drug problem in Minnesota may be lower than most other states, but it still needs immediate action from the government. As mentioned earlier, the treatment admissions in Minnesota has increased dramatically throughout the years. About 17% of area treatment admissions were from heroin, a record high.

Treatment services for abusers aim to aid the patient stop using the problem, live sober from drugs and alcohol to live a healthy, productive life.

There are several principles that a treatment program should follow to make sure it’s useful:

  • A comprehensive approach that issues the substance abuse and other patient needs. This approach includes other health or mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression
  • Medical detox including testing for infectious diseases like hepatitis B and C, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
  • A reviewed and modified regularly treatment plan.
  • Counseling and behavioral therapies
  • Long-term follow-up care to lessen the danger of relapse

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