Rice County Substance Use & Overdose Profile - Minnesota Department of Health

Rice County Substance Use and Overdose Profile

The purpose of this profile is to allow users to gain a better understanding of what the overdose epidemic looks like in their community and to make data-driven prevention decisions to improve health.

Having data on overdose and substance use is essential. Data can inform prevention programming, help to identify communities being impacted, drive the creation of new services, and be shared with funders to get more resources. Everyone has a role to play in reducing drug use and preventing overdoses. People living in the community, local public health, and providers can all advocate for changes and support those with substance use disorder and those in recovery. 

Drug overdose is preventable. Substance use disorder is treatable and preventable, and recovery is possible. 

What does the data tell us?

Rice County Profile
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For any questions on county profile data, please contact a prevention staff member at health.drugodprev@state.mn.us.

Prevention action steps and resources

    Data Limitations

    Drug use and overdose data is collected from many different sources, all of which have their own unique limitations. For example, nonfatal overdose information that comes from hospital discharge data does not always have race or ethnicity included. We know that race and ethnicity influence a person’s access to substance use treatment and likelihood to die from an overdose. If data is not available by race or ethnicity, it does not mean that there are not disparities present. It is also important to note that MDH does not report data on sex or age at the county level due to small numbers. Learn more on Differences in Rates of Drug Overdose Deaths by Race.
    For other data indicators, some of the numbers are so small it can be difficult to understand what they mean or how this data could be used to change or develop prevention programming. Sometimes, data is unavailable. When data is unavailable, it does not mean that the issue is not present, rather it means we don’t currently have a good system in place to track and share this information.

    For example, in some small counties, there could be a year without any fatal opioid overdoses and very few nonfatal overdoses. These small numbers do not tell us that substance use is not an issue in this county. There are many other negative health effects from using substances that are not collected as data points, such as having trouble maintaining a job, safe housing, or relationships with family and friends. For more detail on data limitations, please review the Drug Overdose Data Sources webpage.

    Due to the nature of the current reporting systems, it takes some time for data to be updated. Data that MDH collects and publishes is often at least six months to a year behind because of the time it takes to verify data and write publications. If you need data that is not currently available on our website, contact Health.DrugODEpi@state.mn.us.

    For more detail on data limitations, please review the Drug Overdose Data Sources webpage.

    Where can I find more county data?

    MDH Supported Programming in Rice County

    Currently, MDH is supporting opioid overdose prevention work done by the following organizations:

    For more information on MDH funded-programming, review the MDH Response to Substance Use and Overdose Across Minnesota webpage.

    Please visit the Opioid Dashboard for more information on opioid overdose death, nonfatal overdose, use, misuse, substance use disorder, prescribing practices, supply, diversion, harm reduction, co-occurring conditions, and social determinants of health.

    Updated Tuesday, 17-Aug-2021 13:10:54 CDT