Drug only admissions in Minnesota have been increasing every year and the situation is only getting worse. In recent years the total amount of drug treatment admissions have tripled accounting for nearly 25% of treatment admissions. The 2005-2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, indicated approximately 100,000 Minnesota citizens needing but not receiving treatment for illicit drug use. Transportation and distribution of cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin is dominated by Mexican drug traffickers.
The Ongoing Battle with Cocaine Abuse
The primary sources of cocaine in Minnesota are Detroit, Chicago and California. The trafficking and distribution of cocaine is controlled by Mexican drug trafficking organizations. Cocaine in either powder or crack form accounted for 28% of Federal drug cases during 2006.
Heroin Accounts for Thousands of Rehab Admissions
The distribution and use of heroin in Minnesota according to rehab centers, have not posed significant treats until recently, as the use of heroin is rising. The majority of heroin is being distributed by both Hispanic and African American street gangs. During 2006 Minnesota had close to 4,000 treatment admissions for the use of heroin and other opiates.
A Leading Drug Threat in Minnesota is Meth
Methamphetamine is one of the leading drug threats in Minnesota. Meth is both produced within the state as well as transported from Mexico by Mexican organizations who also operate in Texas, California, Arizona and Washington. During 2007, there were 25 reported methamphetamine laboratory incidents, in addition 12 children were affected by these meth labs. Approximately 50% of Federal drug cases in 2006 involved methamphetamine.
Abuse of Ecstasy & Other Club Drugs is on the Rise
Public awareness of club drugs continues to rise, as these drugs become more popular in Minnesota. Ecstasy, ketamine, GHB, GBL, Rohypnol, LSD and PCP have all been reported in Minnesota. The growing availability has increased the use of club drugs, and triggered the community to increase awareness of the dangers associated with club drugs.
Marijuana Continues to be the Most Abuse drug in Minnesota
The most commonly used and available drug in Minnesota continues to be marijuana. Mexican drug trafficking organizations are known to control the majority of the importation of marijuana, while other Hispanic street gangs dominate the distribution throughout Minnesota. During 2005-2006 there were a total of 11,317 arrests due to the possession or sale of marijuana.