Use of prescription opiates on rise in Minnesota - WXOW News 19 La Crosse, WI – News, Weather and Sports |

Use of prescription opiates on rise in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Prescription painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone are being prescribed in Minnesota in greater numbers than ever before.

That's according to a joint investigation by the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Duluth News Tribune.

The newspapers' investigation found that legal distribution of all opioids increased statewide by 72% from 2005 to 2011.

The largest increases were in Ramsey County and the northwestern corner of the state. Last year, Duluth had the highest rate of opiate painkiller distribution in the state at more than 5,000 grams per 10,000 people.

Meanwhile, 24 out of every 10,000 Minnesotans between the ages 18 and 24 sought opiate addiction treatment last year. That's up 179% from four years earlier.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WXOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Theresa Wopat at 507-895-9969. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at