Efforts to curb a wave of prescription drug abuse and addiction to other opiates marked the first full year of the Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy. Minnesota met the strategy's immediate goals to increase education for physicians and other front-line professionals about treatments for opioid dependence, how abuse of opioid-based prescription drugs can lead to addiction to other opiates like heroin and how to reverse an opiate overdose. More information is in a news release about the substance abuse strategy's first-year report .
In January 2014 DHS released Chemical Dependency Provider Performance Measures 2012 (PDF), which shows addiction treatment outcomes for all of Minnesota and for individual treatment providers licensed under Rule 31. Among measures reported are rates of homelessness, unemployment, arrest, alcohol and drug use, involvement in self-help groups and family support for recovery at the time individuals are admitted and at the time of their discharge. Declines in these rates are seen as showing success in treatment.
The report also includes information, by provider and statewide, on gender, race, age, primary substance, source of income and referral source of people receiving treatment.