A recent drug trends report issued by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, reported that admissions to area treatment programs for addiction to methamphetamine declined in 2008 by at least 7%. Meth related treatment accounted for only 5.5% of total metro area treatment admissions in the first half of 2008 compared to 12% for the same time in 2005 where the admissions were the highest.
However, alcohol addiction treatment programs continued to treat more patients when compared to other drug treatment programs. In the first half of 2008, 52.1 percent of admissions reported alcohol as the primary substance problem. More metro area hospital emergency room reported incidents involving underage alcohol consumption than those involving any single illicit drug in the first half of 2008.
The report also showed results of drug testing among arrestees in Hennepin County. Of the 881 male arrestees tested in Hennepin County in 2007, 43.4 percent tested positive for marijuana, 28.5 percent tested positive for cocaine, 5.3 percent tested positive for opiates, and 5.1 percent tested positive for meth.
Community awareness, aggressive law enforcement, prevention efforts and treatments accounted for the downward trend of meth use in Minnesota.