Drug trends in Minnesota

By Conrad Wilson, Minnesota Public Radio
Jan. 28, 2013

A new report on drug trends in the Twin Cities shows heroin use remains a growing problem, while the abuse surrounding of opiate-based pain killers, like methadone and OxyContin, may be slowing.

During the first half of 2012, treatment centers saw a slight drop in the number of people admitted for opiate abuse. Doctors and drug abuse experts say that's an encouraging sign, but they say it's too early to know if it a trend that will continue.

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Source: By primary substance problem, first half of 2012. Drug and Alcohol Abuse Normative Evaluation System, Minn. Dept. of Human Services.

Graph by Robert Boos, Minnesota Public Radio