Unlike many of its fellow Midwestern states, Minnesota doesn’t rely heavily on agriculture. Around 55% of the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” population lives between 2 cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul. These cities are the major economic drivers and job providers in the state. They offer jobs, related both to the service-based economy and the governmental positions in the state capital of St. Paul. As Opioid use declines throughout Minnesota and the US at large, Meth use has begun to expand to fill the space. As a cheap, powerful, and addictive drug, Meth has been reported to be the substance taking up the most time and money of Minnesota drug task forces. Concerted efforts in the early 2000s squashed most local Meth production operations, but the drug still finds its way into the state through trafficking from Mexico. While Meth use has gone up in Minnesota, use of alcohol has remained steady. Over one-fifth of the population binge drinks regularly, which contributes to the 1,700 deaths a year related to the overconsumption of alcohol. Don’t wait until you or someone you love is lost to substance use. There are local treatment centers and other resources available to help you take the next steps.
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