Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Report on Twin Cities drug abuse finds lots of heroin – and signs for optimism

Author:

An annual snapshot of drug abuse trends in the Twin Cities shows heroin and methamphetamine remained the biggest problem drugs in the metro area last year.

But the expert who compiled the report also sees some encouraging signs in the data.

Carol Falkowski, the CEO of Drug Abuse Dialogues, has been tracking drug use trends in the area for 30 years, having previously worked for Hazelden and for the state of Minnesota.

She found that of those who entered drug treatment programs in 2015, 16 percent were there because of heroin abuse. Falkowski says that's the highest figure on record and marks the first time that admissions for heroin abuse surpassed those for marijuana.

The 15 page report, which you can read here, says deaths from opiate overdoses leveled off in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties last year. Across the state, law enforcement agencies seized 47 percent more heroin than they had the year before.

Is this good news?

Well, it at least shows some encouraging trends, Falkowski says.

She tells KSTP: "It's great that people are getting the treatment they need. It's great that law enforcement is out there trying to curtail the supply, and it's encouraging that fewer people appear to be dying from it."

As for meth abuse, it accounted for 13 percent of treatment admissions last year. Falkowski said in an email that's a larger percentage than at the height of Minnesota's meth epidemic in 2005.

In 35 percent of the drug seizures by Twin Cities law enforcement the confiscated drugs included meth, her report says.

Next Up

Kirill Kaprizov

Kirill Kaprizov's slow start is a thing of the past

A potential sophomore slump has been erased with a three-point night against the Devils..

mpd aldi incident screengrab

Video shows MPD officer grab, throw Aldi customer

The department says the matter was referred to the Office of Police Conduct Review.

US Sec Defense Flickr - Joe Bide Nov 11 2021

Biden lays out wintertime plan to curb COVID's spread

It comes as the U.S. reported its second case of the omicron variant.

Willow River DOC

MN Dept. of Corrections offering $5K bonuses as it seeks to hire 200

The DOC is offering hiring bonuses for new employees and for referrals.

covid

3rd federal medical team to join COVID-19 fight in Minnesota

There are more than 1,500 people with COVID-19 admitted to Minnesota hospitals.

hospital, emergency room

Driver killed after other motorist crosses into opposite lane

The head-on crash occurred early Thursday, just north of the Twin Cities.

shot clock

MSHSL approves shot clock for Minnesota varsity basketball

Shot clocks will be required at all varsity games beginning in 2023-24.

Redmons Popcorn Colbert screengrab

Popcorn shop featured on 'The Late Show' has to close 2 days later

A county inspection after the national TV appearance found code violations.

Related

Heroin, opiate abuse hits record level in Twin Cities metro

A report from the Department of Human Services says more people in the metro area are abusing heroin and opiates, such as prescription painkillers, than at any time in history. The use of synthetic drugs has also increased.