What Is Substance Use Disorder?
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual defines “substance use disorder” as the use of alcohol and/or drugs causing clinically and functionally significant impairment, such as health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school or home.
Substance use disorder is common, recurrent, and often serious, but they are treatable and many people do recover. Like all diseases, Substance use disorder requires the right care. It affects people from all communities and all age groups.
Commonly Abused Drugs In Minnesota
In 2010, 2,191 people entered treatment and were admitted to treatment for cocaine abuse. This figure is down from 4,816 people admitted for treatment in 2007.
The number of people addicted to prescription drugs combined with the curtailment of prescription drugs on the street has created an upsurge in heroin use. Heroin is a cheaper and a more readily available substitute for prescription drugs, especially opiates. In 2010, 2,350 individuals entered Minnesota treatment facilities for heroin addiction treatment.
Marijuana was the most commonly abused drug among those people who entered drug and alcohol treatment in 2010. That same year, 9,543 people were admitted to treatment for marijuana addiction. 76.7 % of all those admitted for marijuana addiction treatment were males. The numbers of people who have entered drug rehabs for marijuana has risen slightly since 2000.
The number of people needing treatment for methamphetamine and amphetamines continues to increase though there are some variables. The overall increase is alarming. Starting in 2003, 1,022 people entered drug treatment for amphetamine addiction. Four years later during 2007, the number had jumped to 7,159 people admitted to treatment for substance abuse.
From 2004 to 2010 the number of people who entered treatment for opiate addiction other than heroin rose from 1,363 to 4,580. This is part of a national trend that all states are experiencing. The largest age group seeking treatment for other opiates was among the 21-25 year olds.
Legal Impact Of Drug Crimes
Hustling in the drug scene isn’t as fabulous as you might think. Not many people realize the consequences far outweigh the risks. Let’s break it down for you in Minnesota, where if you’re convicted of possessing illegal drugs, your penalty for the crime will fall into one of five different degrees, categorized by what and how much you’re possessing. Each has a legal consequence, which doesn’t include the ripple effect your choice makes on the lives of those around you.
Looking At The First Three Degrees, This Is How It Breaks Down:
Third-degree possession is any of the following:
over 10 grams of most narcotics, 3+ grams of heroin, and more than 10 kilos of marijuana.
You can be penalized with up to 20 years in prison and 250 thousand dollars worth of fines.
Second-degree possession is broken down as:
25+ grams of cocaine or meth, over 50 grams of most other narcotics, 6+ grams of heroin, more than 100 doses of a hallucinogenic drug, over 25 kilos of end-user marijuana or more than 100 marijuana plants.
Penalties can see you from 3 to 25 years in prison and up to 500 thousand dollars in fines.
First-degree possession looks like:
50+ grams of cocaine or meth, more than 25 grams of heroin, over 50 kilos of marijuana products or 500+ marijuana plants.
If you’re convicted of possessing any of those drugs to that amount, you can face from 4 to 30 years in prison and up to one million dollars in fines.
How you’re penalized depends on multiple factors, but the point is, if you possess illegally, you’re putting yourself, your future and everything you love at risk. It’s not a gamble you want to take.