Minnesota is a midwestern state bordered by Canada and Lake Superior, featuring more than ten thousand inland lakes. Minnesota's Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are each densely populated, with landmarks, museums, and arts centers. Minnesota is home to about 5.5 million people, peppered throughout by small-town charm and landmarks for historical exploration.
Minnesota has seen an uptick in opioid dependence and overdose death over the past few years but is largely removed from the massive scourge of the opioid epidemic plaguing many Eastern and Appalachian states in the nation. One substance abuse issue in Minnesota is alcohol abuse and dependence, and according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, about 5.5 percent of Minnesota adults met the criteria for alcohol use disorder (AUD) in 2015. The highest prevalence of AUD among residents was in those ages eighteen to twenty-four. The department reports that the prevalence of meeting the criteria for AUD decreased significantly over the age of twenty four, but AUD is more likely overall in men and American Indian populations.
In 2015, Minnesota experienced an increase in opioid overdose death rates, but that rate was considerably lower than the national average. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that Minnesota had an overdose death rate of 7.4 deaths per 100,000 people in 2016, compared to the national average of 13.3 deaths. Although Minnesota has not outpaced the nation in overdose deaths, the state has seen an increase in heroin-related deaths and overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Mirroring the overdose death rate, the opioid prescribing rate for Minnesota in 2015 was 54.2 prescriptions per 100 people, also well below the national rate of 70 per 100 people.
Addiction treatment admissions in Minnesota reflect the state's comparatively modest substance abuse statistics. The 2016 Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) shows that the majority of treatment admissions in Minnesota were for alcohol as a primary or secondary substance of abuse, accounting for over 22,000 admissions. In the same year, treatment for heroin or other opioids accounted for around 11,000 admissions followed by methamphetamine treatment, making up 10,000 admissions.
The state is home to a few hundred addiction treatment facilities and services, which offer the following levels of care:
Minnesota treatment programs address addiction in the following populations:
Minnesota addiction treatment is available at various price points. Many different forms of payment are accepted, including:
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