Alcohol and Other Drugs
What is the problem?
- Among adolescents, when there is a difference, males report using illicit drugs more than females.
- 12th graders report using drugs more than 9th graders in all categories except inhalants, where 9th graders report using slightly more than 12th graders.
- Among adults, the use of marijuana in the past year is reported more by adult males than females and by young persons 18-24 more than any other age group.
- Minnesotans that self-report being American Indian and Multiple Race/Other are the most likely to report past year use of marijuana, more than any other race/ethnicity group.
- Only 2.1 percent of Minnesota adults reported using any illegal drugs besides marijuana in the last year.
- Males are more likely to report using these drugs than women, and young adults (age 18-24) more than any other age group.
- About 3 percent of Minnesota adults reported using pain relievers, tranquilizers and sedatives in the past year; either outside prescribed use or that you took for the experience or the feeling that they caused.
- Pain relievers were the most commonly reported prescription drug used for non-medical purposes in the past year (2.2 percent) followed by tranquilizer and sedatives (1.0 percent and .9 percent respectively).
- Men are more likely than women to report non-medical use of prescription drugs.
- Young people (age 18-24) are more likely to report use of non-medical use of prescription drugs than adults.
- Reports of lifetime abuse of prescription drugs are highest among American Indian people.
Populations affected by other drugs - Data Sources:
Minnesota Department of Human Services. Estimating the Need for Treatment for Substance Abuse Among Adults in Minnesota: 2004/2005 Minnesota Treatment Needs Assessment Survey Final Report, St. Paul, Minnesota 2006.