In 2015, substance abuse related deaths rose 14% over 2014 with the total tally at 572. This increase is part of the long-term trend of increasing fatalities caused by drug overdoses in Minnesota.

Minnesota Drug Addiction Statistics

In 2000, substance use related deaths numbered 129; in 2015, the number of fatalities increased four times and the leading cause of overdose deaths were:

  • Opioid pain medication
  • Heroin
  • Stimulants
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Cocaine
2015 Minnesota Drug Related Deaths
Drug No. of Deaths
Opioid pain medication 216
Heroin 114
Stimulants (like methamphetamine) 78
Benzodiazepines (such as Valium) 71
Cocaine 38

Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper commented:

“The increase of deaths due to prescription and heroin opiate abuse is a tragedy for many Minnesota families and communities. We have all been affected. We are working on many fronts including moving upstream to decrease excessive prescribing, getting medications into our communities to treat overdoses and improving access for those who have become addicted.  We are moving with purpose to address this growing crisis.”

Alcohol Related Deaths in Minnesota

It is unusual to see Minnesota showing up at the bottom of a national survey, but, when it comes to alcohol and alcohol abuse Minnesota is among the worst states.

  • Minnesota keeps separate statistics for drug-related deaths and alcohol-related deaths. During the past year, 5.5% of adults in Minnesota met the criteria for having an alcohol use disorder. This compares to only about 2.0% of Minnesota adults meeting criteria for a drug use disorder.
  • Young adults (college, high school, and lower grades) are involved in drug and alcohol abuse too.
  • During 2015, nearly 7% of Minnesota adults needed a form of alcohol abuse treatment, and, 2.1% sought treatment for a drug use disorder.
  • The need for treatment for both alcohol and drug use disorders was greatest among the least educated and least financially well off.
  • Overall, only 7.4% of those with substance use disorders received treatment during the past year. While about twice as many of those with drug use disorders received treatment (13.7%) than did those with alcohol use disorders (6.8%), still more than 9 out of 10 adults with a substance use disorder did not receive any treatment in the past year.

Minnesota Drug and Alcohol Rehab Centers

So, where can people get treatment in Minnesota for substance use disorders? The answer is – lots of places, and some are free or low cost. Following are a few facilities that might be able to help you or your child. These free or low-cost treatment programs are not available as long-term residential options. They do set clients up with 12-step meetings, treatment on an out-patient basis as well as several types of counseling options that offer the economically challenged important help.

House of Hope – Fairmont Men’s & Women’s Program

This facility’s stated goals are:

  • To provide comprehensive, life-changing treatment programs that address individual needs.
  • To provide high-quality facilities capable of responding to our community’s needs.
  • To expand awareness of addiction and to promote a positive healing community.
  • To build and maintain a fiscally responsible organization with the capability of meeting the needs of clients, community, and staff.

House of Hope treats people with low or no income.

Nystrom & Associates Ltd – Eden Prairie Clinic

Nystrom & Associates offers its programs for substance abuse to private pay and self-pay patients. It also accepts patients with Medicaid or Medicare. Nystrom programs are designed to help that people that are having negative experiences from drug or alcohol use with family, school, work, or the legal system.

Nystrom has several other treatment centers in Minnesota.

Solutions Counseling Treatment Facility –  Saint Michael, Minnesota

Solutions Counseling provides substance abuse treatment to people of all ages on an outpatient basis. They use a vast array of techniques in their substance abuse treatment.

This facility also accepts payments from a number of insurance companies, Medicaid, Medicare, sliding scale and free care.

Minnesota Drug and Alcohol Rehabs