The Sad Rise Opiate Overdose Deaths in Minnesota
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) reports that deaths from drug overdoses increased 11 percent 2014 to 2015. In 2015 alone 572 people died due to drug overdoses. This continues the trend of a steady increase of overdose deaths in the state year after year. Drug overdose deaths in Minnesota have now gone up 4-times since 2000, when the state only reported 129 drug overdose deaths. In 2015, over half of the deceased were related to opiate overdose deaths rather than illegal street drugs. The leading drugs associated with deaths were opioid pain relievers (216) followed by heroin (114), stimulants such as methamphetamines (78), benzodiazepines (71) and cocaine (38).
Dr. Ed Ehlinger, The Minnesota Health Commissioner said, “With all the attention on this issue over the past several years, it’s disappointing that we have not been more effective in slowing down this epidemic.” He went on to say, “It shows we must redouble our efforts and implement a comprehensive public health approach involving communities, health care providers and law enforcement to increase prevention efforts and access to chemical dependency treatments.”
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Florida Addiction Treatment Centers Offer Help for Minnesota
With the rate of drug overdose deaths increasing in the seven-county metro area of Minnesota, many residents of the state have sought treatment and recovery mentoring in the state of Florida. There are more addiction treatment centers in the state of Florida than any other state in the country. With only a few option available in the twin cities and a booming population men and women in recovery in Florida many are finding it a safe haven for drug addiction. While it is true opiate overdose deaths
Are prevalent in every state, Florida addiction treatment centers routinely state that changing people, places and things is extremely important to maintain permanent sobriety.
Delray Beach: The Sobriety Capital of the USA
10 years ago, right around the same time the opiate overdose deaths started to rise in Minnesota, Delray Beach, Florida passed St. Paul, Minnesota as the city with the most number of residents in substance abuse recovery. This thriving and vibrant recovery community has seen a drastic increase of men and women coming to the city to take part in their many recovery events and programs. Minnesotans, wishing to change their lives are now starting to look to Florida addiction treatment centers for not just the warm weather but for a friend base that will be able to help them on their journey towards a clean life.
Law Enforcement Encourages Parents to Help Fight Addiction
“Drug overdose deaths destroy families and affect entire communities,” said Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman. “As law enforcement continues its efforts to take the drugs off the streets, we encourage parents to become educated on how to recognize the signs of drug use and support those struggling with addiction to seek help.” One mother who took these words to heart was Dianna Rosa. After 6 years of watching her daughter Sally struggle and witnessing her friends die from opiate overdose deaths, she sent her daughter treatment in Florida. Sally celebrated 6 years of continued sobriety in December.