is the most commonly abused substance in the state.

Nearly 9,000 individuals got treatment for an addiction to Marijuana in 2010.
While over 4,000 individuals got help with their substance addiction to opiates.


Drug and alcohol abuse in Minnesota has seen some various trends in recent years. Alcohol still remains the most widely-abused substance in Minnesota, with around one-half of the total admissions to addiction treatment programs (49.2 percent) reporting alcohol as the primary substance problem in 2011. The rate of alcohol abuse in Minnesota is signifcantly higher than national rates. Binge drinking is also more prevalent in Minnesota when compared to the rest of the nation. Heroin or other opiates are a close second.

One in five admissions (20.2%) to addiction treatment programs in Minnesota in 2011 were for heroin or other opiates, second only to treatment admissions for alcohol.   In total, there were over 4,210 treatment admissions for heroin or other opiates combined in 2011, compared with 2,032 in 2006.  This doubling of treatment admissions is directly related to the surge of pharmaceutical drugs. These painkillers are highly addictive and curtailment is making it difficult for addicts to find them on the streets.  Heroin is a cheaper and a more readily available substitute for prescription drugs, especially opiates.

Alcohol and drug abuse contribute to a large percentage of crime in the state as well as motor accidents and accident and intentional personal injuries. Substance abuse is also a major contributor to chronic health problems in the state.  The social and economic impact on the state is an enormous threat to the public's safety and health. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has estimated the national cost of alcohol and drug abuse at more than $270 billion per year. 

To help combat the rampant alcohol abuse, the state of Minnesota offers a variety of treament centers.  These professional centers are each unique in their philosophies and treatment approaches. Before enrolling in a treatment program, you should first talk to a counselor to guide you through the process. 

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