Unlike many of its fellow Midwestern states, Minnesota doesn’t rely as heavily on agriculture. Around 55% of the “Land of 10,000 Lake’s” population live between two cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul. These cities are the major economic drivers and job providers in the state. They offer jobs in both the more service-based economy and the governmental positions in the state capital St. Paul. As Opioid use declines throughout Minnesota and the U.S. at large, Meth 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 seems to find its way into the state through trafficking from Mexico. While Meth use has gone up use of alcohol seems to stay steady in Minnesota. Over a 5th of the population binge drinks regularly, which contributes to the 1,700 deaths a year related to overconsumption of alcohol. Don’t wait until you or someone you love are lost to substance use. There are local treatment centers, certified professionals, and other resources available to help you take the next steps.
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