Minnesota Drug Abuse
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What you should know
Mexican traffickers control the transportation, distribution and bulk sales of cocaine, marijuana, meth and small amounts of black tar heroin. Upper-echelon Mexican dealers bring most of their proceeds back to family members in Mexico. Retail distribution is through African-American traffickers and street gangs, Native American gangs and independent Caucasian groups.
Compared to other states
- Illicit drugs overall – moderately low for those 18 and older
- Alcohol – among the highest for those 18 and older
- Marijuana – moderately high for those 18-25, average for those 26 and older
- Pharmaceuticals – average for those 18-25, moderately low for those 26 and older
- Cocaine – average for those 18-25, moderately low for those 26 and older
Source: SAMHSA’s most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, based on 2008-2009 annual averages. SAMHSA is the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
A closer look
A very significant problem.
Most commonly used and readily available. Hispanic street gangs are the major distributors.
Mostly California, Chicago and Detroit sources. Independent African-American traffickers and street gangs control distribution of crack in Minneapolis/St. Paul and other areas.
A continuing problem. Most commonly abused are Nubain, Dilaudid, Ritalin, Vicodin, OxyContin, codeine combination products, benzodiazepines, methylphenidate, phentermine and phendimetrazine. Klonopin is on the rise in rural areas. Sources are the illegal sale and distribution by health care professionals and workers as well as “doctor shopping.”
Increase in Minneapolis/St. Paul area. But, overall, heroin has not been a significant problem. In addition to Mexican organizations, traffickers include Nigerian/West African groups operating from Chicago and New York as well as African-American street gangs with ties to Chicago. Hispanic and African-American street gangs primarily handle distribution.
Large quantities produced by Mexican organizations based in California. In addition, small laboratories increasingly are producing a few ounces at a time. In rural areas, independent Caucasian groups and outlaw motorcycle gangs distribute meth in small amounts.
Mostly used among gays and young people at raves and nightclubs. MDMA (Ecstasy), ketamine, GHB, GBL, Rohypnol, LSD, PCP, Nubain and, to a lesser extent, psilocybin mushrooms, are abused.
Percentage of Minnesota population using/abusing drugs
|Past Month Illicit Drug Use2||8.17|
|Past Year Marijuana Use||11.11|
|Past Month Marijuana Use||7.29|
|Past Month Use of Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana2||3.08|
|Past Year Cocaine Use||2.34|
|Past Year Nonmedical Pain Reliever Use||4.19|
|Perception of Great Risk of Smoking Marijuana Once a Month3||32.40|
|Past Month Alcohol Use||65.63|
|Past Month Binge Alcohol Use4||30.66|
|Perception of Great Risk of Drinking Five or More Drinks Once or Twice a Week3||34.78|
|PAST YEAR DEPENDENCE, ABUSE AND TREATMENT5|
|Illicit Drug Dependence2||1.67|
|Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2||2.39|
|Alcohol Dependence or Abuse||9.71|
|Alcohol or Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2||10.74|
|Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Illicit Drug Use2,6||2.15|
|Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Alcohol Use6||9.36|
|Serious psychological distress||10.87|
|Having at least one major depressive episode7||7.20|
- Age group is based on a respondent’s age at the time of the interview, not his or her age at first use.
- Illicit Drugs include marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used non-medically. Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana include cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used non-medically.
- When the Perception of Great Risk in using marijuana or alcohol is low, use of marijuana or alcohol is high.
- Binge Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other) on at least 1 day in the past 30 days.
- Dependence or abuse is based on definitions found in the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).
- Needing But Not Receiving Treatment refers to respondents needing treatment for illicit drugs or alcohol, but not receiving treatment at a specialty facility.
- Major Depressive Episode is a period of at least 2 weeks when a person experienced a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities and had a majority of the symptoms for depression as described in the DSM-IV.
Source: Condensed version of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2004 and 2005, from SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies.