skip to content
Primary navigation

News stories

News releases are retained on the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) website for one year. Copies of older news releases may be requested from the Communications Office. Subscribe to news releases from DHS via email.

Record amounts of drugs seized in Minnesota

State agencies pushing for education and community support

3/6/2017 1:09:59 PM

From Methamphetamine to prescription pills, drugs are being seized at an alarming rate in Minnesota. Illicit drug use threatens the safety and health of communities across the state as lives are lost and families destroyed by their use and abuse.  
 
In 2016, Violent Crime Enforcement Teams (VCETs) seized a record 488 pounds of meth off the streets, a 484 percent increase since meth seizures was at its lowest levels in 2009 (83 pounds). Prescription pill seizures, which includes opioids, increased by 231 percent in 2016 over the previous year.  
 
DHS data shows that treatment admissions for methamphetamine had peaked in 2005 at 6,703 admissions to treatment, before declining. However, starting in 2010, methamphetamine admissions began to rise, and in 2016, Minnesota had 11,555 treatment admissions for methamphetamine use, more than any other drug, including opioids or marijuana, and 72 percent over its peak in 2005. 
 
DHS is also working hard to address the issue, through proposed drug treatment reforms that get people into treatment quicker, strengthen services and provide early intervention and comprehensive supportive services.
 
Governor Dayton is proposing several initiatives and investments to help crack down on illegal drug activity and improve substance abuse treatment in Minnesota.
 
Read more in a news release from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
back to top