The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the primary source of information on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use and abuse in the general U.S. civilian non–institutionalized population, ages 12 and older. We try to update this information regularly, so below, you’ll find information about addiction statistics in Minnesota based on the 2020 SAMSHA data.
Addiction Admissions Data
According to the data, there were 42,207 treatment admissions for addiction in 2020 in Minnesota. 9,621 of these admissions were for alcohol only, 7,001 were for alcohol and the presence of another drug, and 11,404 were for amphetamines. Other findings from the data include:
- Males made up 66 percent of admissions.
- People between the ages of 12-17 made up 3% of total admissions.
- People between the ages of 26-30 made up the largest percentage of addiction admissions (17.8%) This group was also the most likely to be admitted for heroin use.
- There were 5,608 admissions for heroin abuse in 2020, down from 7,619 in 2019.
- Amphetamine use was also down in 2020, with 11,404 admissions compared to 17,304 in 2019.
- There were 42,207 admissions in 2020, down from 62,804 in 2019.
A number of the statistics seem to be trending in the right direction, but it’s possible that the pandemic and the financial stress it may have caused played a role in this downturn, so it’s important that we stay vigilant at trying to curb these numbers. And while the full data is still being compiled, it’s not all good news. Overdose deaths in the first part of 2020 were much higher than in the first six months of 2019, as there were 490 such deaths in 2020 compared to 2019, a 31% increase. This spike was largely driven by an increase in synthetic opiates, which account for roughly 80% of all opioid related deaths.
Don’t just be another statistic when it comes to chemical dependency and substance abuse. It can be very hard to kick the habit, but your life and the lives of everyone in your support system will benefit from counseling. All you need to do is pick up the phone and take the first step.
At Appelman Law Firm, we can help get the ball rolling. We’ve helped countless clients get the help they need to deal with their addiction issues and move forward with a more healthy life. If that sounds like something you’d be in, pick up the phone and give us a call at (952) 224-2277. Contact us for a free case evaluation and to learn about the support options available to you.