Major Signs and Symptoms of:

Drug Addiction

Drug use, regardless of the substance, can have a major impact on the user’s life. The use of drugs is a serious issue that should not be ignored. Furthermore, you should not sit back and believe that this problem will go away on its own. No matter if you are the one with the problem or you are attempting to help a loved one, it is best to start on the path to recovery as soon as possible. read on to learn more about these signs and symptoms

How to Find the Best Drug and Alcohol Rehabs for Permanent Sobriety

When people come to the realization that something needs to change, that they need professional help in order to turn their lives around, it often frustrates prospective patients and their families to see how many different options there are. Many times people just want to wade through the systematic process and know what the most successful and best recovery program are available. One source for this information was brought to Minnesotans for Safe Driving. The following website is a non-profit helpline for treatment centers across the country.


A major source of information on substance use, abuse, and dependence among Americans aged 12 and older is the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Following are facts and statistics on substance use in America from 2012, the most recent year for which NSDUH survey data have

Drug Abuse Trends in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota: 
June 2013 
Carol Falkowski 
Drug Abuse Dialogues 
Heroin and prescription opiates dominated the drug abuse situation in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan

area in 2012. From 2011 to 2012 opiate-related deaths increased in Ramsey County (from 36 to 45) but remained stable in Hennepin County (84). Heroin-involved visits at hospital emergency departments nearly tripled from 2004 to 2011 (from 1,189 to 3,493), and rose 54.8 percent from 2010 to 2011 alone. Emergency department visits involving prescription narcotic analgesics more than doubled from 2004 to 2011 (from 1,940 to 4,836), a 149.3 percent increase. Admissions to addiction treatment programs for heroin accounted for 12.9 percent of all admissions to treatment in 2012, compared with 10.7 percent in 2011. Among these, 41.6 percent were patients age 18 – 25. Treatment admissions for other opiates accounted for 9.5 percent of total admissions in 2011 and 9.0 percent in 2012. Still, combining these, one in five treatment admissions (21.9 percent) were for heroin or other opiates in 2012.

From 2011 to 2012 methamphetamine-related deaths went from 7 to 14 in Hennepin County and from 3 to 7 in Ramsey County. Methamphetamine-related hospital emergency department visits increased 58.8 percent from 2009 to 2011, and treatment admissions increased 18.9 percent from 2011 to 2012. Cocaine-related deaths and treatment admissions continued to decline. The use of synthetic THC products (cannabimimetics) and “bath salts” (substituted cathinones) continued. From 2011 to 2012, reported exposures to the Hennepin Regional Poison Center involving THC homologs increased from 149 to 157, while substituted cathinone exposures decreased from 144 to 87.

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