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Minnesota Drug Statistics and Facts

  • Marijuana is the most easily accessible and commonly used of all illegal drug in Minnesota, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
  • Since 2002, the number of drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers in Minnesota has remained stable. In 2007, there were 263 drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation centers.
  • In 2010, there were 50,830 people who entered substance abuse treatment programs, in Minnesota. Of that number, 66.8 percent of all admissions were male, and 33.2 percent were female.
  • There were 12,099 individuals who entered treatment for alcohol as the main drug of abuse, in Minnesota.
  • Minnesota ranked within the states with the highest unmet treatment needs for persons suffering from alcoholism.
  • In 2006, binge drinking among adult males was double that of adult females, in Minnesota.
  • Another 9,463 people in drug and alcohol rehabs reported, in Minnesota that alcohol mixed with a secondary drug were their most commonly abused substances.
  • In 2010, 2,191 people entered treatment, in Minnesota, and were admitted to treatment for Cocaine abuse. That figure is down from 4,816 people admitted for treatment in 2007.
  • The number of individuals addicted to prescription drugs mixed with the reduction of prescription drugs on the street has created an upsurge in Heroin use, in Minnesota.
  • In 2010, 2,350 individuals entered Minnesota treatment centers for Heroin addiction treatment.
  • In Minnesota, Marijuana was the most commonly abused drug within those people that entered alcohol and drug treatment in 2010.
  • In 2010, 9,543 people were admitted to treatment for Marijuana addiction, in Minnesota. 76.7 percent of all those admitted for Marijuana addiction treatment were males.
  • The number of people needing treatment for amphetamines and Meth continues to grow though there are some variables. The overall increase is alarming.
  • Starting in 2003, 1,022 individuals entered drug treatment for amphetamine addiction. Four years later during 2007, the number had increased to 7,159 individuals admitted to treatment for substance abuse, in Minnesota.
  • In Minnesota, from 2004 to 2010 the number of people that entered treatment for Opiate addiction other than Heroin rose from 1,363 to 4,580.
  • In Minnesota, the largest age group seeking treatment for other Opiates was among the 21 to 25 year olds.
  • The number of deaths related to drug use in 2007, the last year of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a government survey, was half the national average, in Minnesota.
  • In 2007, 359 people died as a result of consequences from using drugs, in Minnesota, in comparison to the number of people, who died from car accidents (618) or the people who died from firearm incidents (344).
  • In 2006, more men were arrested, in Minnesota, for driving while under the influence than women, with 68.7 percent men versus 22.3 percent women. The majority of the people who arrested for drinking while intoxicated were from the 20 to 24 age group.
  • The Minnesota Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety reported 38,635 arrests for DUIs in 2007. Though the number had slightly declined, it was above the national average.