Heroin and Meth Abuse in Minnesota in 2012

in Substance Abuse

According to statistics released by criminal justice programs in Minnesota, there were 482 arrests for heroin charges in the state in 2012. The number of arrests was 134 percent higher than the 206 heroin arrests made in 2011. The latest available emergency rook admission involving heroin shows that in 2011 there were 3,493 admissions in the Twin Cities. Back in 2004, there were 1,180 emergency room admissions for heroin. And in 2012, there were a reported 129 opiate-related overdose deaths in the state, a 40 percent increase from the 92 overdose deaths in 2010.

In addition to the increase in heroin use in Minnesota, methamphetamine abuse has also started to increase. In 2012, there were 21 reported overdose deaths due to meth use, and increase from the 10 deaths in 2011. In 2012, methamphetamine abuse accounted for 7.4 percent of all treatment admissions and 27 meth labs were seized by police in Minnesota.

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Source:  Rupa Shenoy, “Report: Heroin use steady, but meth is coming back in Twin Cities,” MPR News, June 21, 2013.

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