Minnesota Drug Statistics and Resources

Free addiction/recovery/substance abuse resources in Minnesota are necessary to counter growing numbers of alcohol and substance use disorders, including death rates. For many residents in The North Star State, combatting lethal opioids is an increasingly critical part of their daily lives.

Drug Statistics in Minnesota

Addiction Nonprofits in Minnesota

Minnesota Recovery Community Organization

This group provides education, training, and resources to local communities to reintegrate clients impacted by substance use disorder. The center offers peer support, public policy advocacy, public education programs, and workshops in incarceration facilities.

MCASP Coalition

This organization in Martin County offers educational material, resources, naloxone training, and advocacy. The group also focuses on youth awareness and prevention methods.

Substance Use in Minnesota (SUMN)

SUMN is an education and research hub for substance use in the state. The center provides data on demographics, trends, and geographic regions impacted by substance use, gambling, tobacco, and alcohol.

Niyyah Recovery Initiative

This organization focuses on East African and Muslim communities in Minnesota. The group provides resources, education workshops, and community engagement to resist drugs and alcohol and to promote a healthy recovery.

Harm Reduction Programs

Rural AIDS Action Network

This network of rural healthcare providers offers Narcan and syringe exchange programs, alongside medication management, drug testing, and nutritional outreach. Transportation and outreach services are available.

Southside Harm Reduction Services

This community-based organization in Minnesota offers Narcan nasal sprays, syringe exchange programs, and first aid kits to clients at no cost. The center also conducts community outreach programs and provides referrals to drug rehab treatment centers.

Harm Reduction Sisters

This volunteer group is based in Northern Minnesota, especially around Duluth, and offers naloxone, overdose education and prevention tips, syringe exchange programs, drug testing strips, HIV management, and wound care kits to clients at no charge. The group maintains a mobile unit.

Government Grants & Resources

Minnesota Medicaid and MinnesotaCares (Medical Assistance)

Minnestota’s Medicaid program offers health insurance to low-income clients and their families. Clients can check eligibility, coordinate their care programs, and select healthcare providers.

VA–Substance Use Disorder Program

The United States Department of Veteran Affairs maintains a substance use disorder program for veterans and their families. The program is available in Minneapolis and St. Cloud, although other VA facilities may offer services for co-occurring mental and behavioral health disorders.

Employers’ Toolkit

This government-sponsored program makes available strategies and approaches for employers to address substance use disorder in the workforce, including family members of employees. The initiative includes an introduction to Narcan utilization, outreach in rural areas, and ways to address stigmas in the work environment.

Fast Tracker

This government database provides a streamlined search engine to browse substance abuse programs, resource availability, and support group information in real-time. The service includes a crisis hotline.

MVDA Grants

The state has made available grants for veterans organizations to improve the lives and wellbeing of veterans and their families. As many as 90 grants are available each year.

College Addiction Resources

University of Minnesota–Boynton

The campus’s Boynton Health center offers students information and education resources regarding substance use. An intervention program is available by appointment.

Normandale Community College

The community college reiterates Minnesota statutes regarding alcohol and substance abuse, the college’s policies on substance use, and national and local resources for students impacted by substance use disorder.

Central Lakes College

The college provides statistics regarding student substance use disorder, educational resources and links to information regarding a wide range of chemical dependencies, and available treatment programs.

North Hennepin Community College

The community college recaps state laws regarding substance and alcohol use, alongside the campsus’s own policies. The site provides general health risks associated with continued substance abuse and resources for students seeking assistance.

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

The university offers an online tutorial on harm reduction for students. The module provides detail on harm reduction kits available on campus and how to administer naloxone and other harm reduction material. A list of resources for additional assistance is also provided.

LGBTQ+ Resources

Rainbow Health and Mainline Exchange–LGBTQ+

This coalition offers the LGBTQ+ community resources for any mental and behavioral health disorders. Local events, public outreach, and social services are also available. Specialized services are offered to youth.

Minnesota Council on LGBTQIAS2S+

This state agency, formed in 2023, coordinates state programs to promote and support the LGBTQ+ community. The department develops inclusivity and access for education, healthcare, business/employment, and grant funding opportunities.

Outfront Minnesota

This grassroots organization advocates for greater inclusivity and access to resources through legal, social, and fundraising approaches. The center supports greater health education programs, public safe spaces, and stigma reduction for the LGBTQ+ community.

Veterans Programs

Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs

The state outlines benefits and services available to veterans and their families, including health and wellness programs, homelessness relief, and hepatitis screenings. Links to outside treatment centers are provided.

Veterans Homes

Minnesota offers veterans and their spouses short- and long-term care at residential facilities. The center provides 24/7 supervision, skilled nursing assistance, mental health improvement strategies, social services, and amenities such as a barber shop and spiritual healing.

Minnesota Assistance Council

This organization focuses on assisting homeless/indigent veterans and coordinates with recovery groups to address co-occurring mental and behavioral health disorders. The group provides holistic-housing assistance programs, ranging from accessory dwelling units to multi-family residences, education and employment resources, and legal services.

Indigenous & Tribal Programs

Minnesota Department of Indian Affairs

This state agency provides cultural, legal, and education resources to promote and support Native American groups. The department offers grants for local communities and training programs to improve healthcare access for American Indians.

Indigenous Peoples Task Force

This task force focuses on harm reduction among Native American communities. The organization provides Narcan kits, training, and syringe exchange.

Native American Community Clinic

This clinic offers services for Native Americans with mental and behavioral health disorders. The center provides traditional healing practices along with counseling and medical approaches. The center utilizes a sliding scale for fees.

Drug Laws in Minnesota

Treatment for Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Ch. 254A outlines alcohol and substance use treatment programs. Chemical dependencies are classified as a chronic brain disorder requiring active rehabilitation and support without discrimination.

Syringe/Needle Access Initiative

Sec. 151.40 specifies that the manufacture and sale of syringes and material used for subcutaneous injections is unlawful except for licensed medical usage, such as for pharmacies and healthcare professionals. These licensed professionals can make syringes available without a prescription

Social Host Ordinances

Sec. 340A.90 makes adult hosts liable for any intoxication on the part of minors at their events. Licensed retailers that sell alcohol and other substances to adult hosts are exempt.

Naloxone Standing Order

This standing order mandates that naloxone shall be made available in schools, detention centers, police stations, sober homes, tribal nations, and other first responder center. Individuals and organizations who receive naloxone for distribution shall be trained to administer, monitor, and dispose of naloxone.

Good Samaritan Law/Steve’s Law

Ch. 604-605 waives general liability for volunteers and first responders who act in good faith to assist individuals who have overdosed. Furthermore, all able-bodied witnesses at an opioid-related emergency are obligated to provide reasonable assistance, such as seeking medical assistance or rendering aid.


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