Drug Overdose Deaths Skyrocket in Minnesota

Minnesota’s total number of drug overdose deaths continued to climb in 2016, with heroin taking an increasing toll in the Twin Cities and methamphetamine deaths on the rise in Greater Minnesota.
Drug overdose deaths among Minnesota residents increased 9.2 percent from 2015 to 2016, extending an alarming trend. The number of drug overdose deaths in 2016 is nearly six times higher than it was in 2000. Preliminary data collected from Minnesota death certificates show 637 people died from a drug overdose in 2016 compared to 583 deaths in 2015.