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Minnesota

Located in the mid-west Minnesota became part of the union of the United States in 1858. The state is famous for its mix of people as well as its high percentage of voters across it.

The capital of Minnesota is Saint Paul and the largest city in the state is Minneapolis. Other large cities in the state include St. Paul, Duluth, Rochester and Bloomington. More than 60% of the population of the state lives in the Minneapolis, St. Paul area and there are nearly 5 million residents currently living in Minnesota.

According to United States Census Information the state has 91% of the population that are high school graduates. Minnesota is a generally safe state, however is still struggling with its own problems which include drug abuse issues as well as resources for Minnesota substance abuse treatment.

Substance Abuse Treatment & The Current Drug Problem

According to the White House Drug Policy Minnesota has an average rate of drug use in the state at 8%. More than 3% of illicit drug users were using a substance other than marijuana.

The most abuse drug in Minnesota is marijuana. This is also the drug that is sending the most Minnesota residents to substance abuse treatment.

Other opiates account for the second highest number of treatment admissions in the state.

Minnesota has had a growing problem with the abuse of these drugs which include prescription painkillers like hydrocodone, oxycodone and Vicodin. According to a news story about the state many are starting to abuse prescriptions which are then acting as a gateway as addicts are then moving on to heroin.  In order to try to stop the prescription drug problem in Minnesota the state has implemented the Minnesota Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to prevent doctor shopping across the state as well as Take Back Programs. These programs address the proper disposal of prescriptions.

Stimulant drugs account for the third highest abuse rates in the state as well as the third largest numbers of treatment admissions. These include prescription stimulants that are often given to individual diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder like Ritalin and Adderall.

This also includes the abuse of methamphetamine which has been manufactured in labs across the state.

Heroin is also a major contributor to those checking into treatment in Minnesota. Many years ago injecting heroin posed the greatest risk to users and while this is still a risk many new users are trying heroin by smoking or snorting the drug. There are also a higher number of heroin users as many who have abused prescriptions are moving on to heroin because of its similar chemical make-up.

Many Minnesota residents have also fallen victim to cocaine abuse and are using both the smoke-able form of cocaine called crack as well as powder cocaine.

The state has a less than average number of drug related deaths at half the national average at 358 drug deaths in the state. This is less than motor vehicle accidents but more than those that died from firearms.

[Ref: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/state_profile_-_minnesota.pdf]

Substance Abuse Rehabilitation & Prevention Information

The state of Minnesota has many Drug Free Communities Programs that are funded by the state or federal government. Many of these are coalitions and initiatives to help prevent child and adolescent drug use as well as provide resources for safer communities.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reports that there are over 300 treatment programs for drug and alcohol abuse in the state of Minnesota. Nearly 40 of these programs provide detox services primary to individuals. The majority if not all of the programs use a medical model of detox for addicts which is needed when someone is coming off of large doses of prescription drugs or even heroin and stopping the use of drugs would cause health risks because of the dangerous withdrawal effects of some substances.

There are also over 35 half way houses in Minnesota that many addicts will go to after completing treatment. Statistically the longer a person is in substance abuse treatment in Minnesota, the better result they will get.

Minnesota also has over 200 options for private treatment in the state. One of the most popular programs situated in Minnesota is the Hazelden program that was founded in Minnesota in 1949. The program uses a 12-step or traditional model of treatment for addiction.

There are many options for treatment in Minnesota but before deciding on a program it is best to speak with an experienced and qualified counselor to locate what program best suites the individual needs of the addicted person. Call 800-208-4701 for more information or to speak with a counselor now.

Our counselors will help you find substance abuse centers in Minnesota and surrounding cities that include:

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