Minneapolis is the larger of the Twin Cities, the 14th largest metropolitan area in the US, containing 3.8 million residents. It is also the largest city in the state of Minnesota and 46th largest city in the US with 400 thousand people across 58 square miles.
Until French explorers arrived in 1680, the Dakota Sioux were the sole residents of the Minneapolis area. After the US Army built Fort Snelling nearby, the area began to grow. It was authorized as a town in 1856 and in 1867, when the rail service began between Minneapolis and Chicago, it was incorporated as a city.
By 1871 the west river bank had 23 businesses including flour mills, woolen mills, iron works, a railroad machine shop, mills for cotton, paper, sashes and planing wood. The dangers associated with mill work brought six different prosthetics business into existence by 1890, who were all competing for the artificial limb business.
Today the economy is mostly based in commerce, finance, rail and trucking services, healthcare and industry. But there are still smaller economical components in milling as well as publishing, food processing, graphic arts, insurance, education and high technology. There are five Fortune 500 companies that are headquartered in Minneapolis, Target, US Bancorp, Xcel Energy, Ameriprise Financial and Thrivent Financial.
Since 2009 Target has been the top employer in the city, followed by University of Minnesota, Allina Health, Fairview Health Services and Wells Fargo.
Overdose Deaths in Older Minnesotans Rise Due to Prescription Drugs:
Elder men and women are being found to have an increase in both prescription drug abuse as well as overdose death rates in Minnesota. For some the story starts with a diagnosis of cancer which is almost immediately followed with a seemingly unlimited prescription for painkillers.
One such patient had this to say on the matter:
"I would walk out with a gallon of Oxycodone, whoever heard of such a thing? But I did. And I could go back pretty much as frequently as I wanted.""At one time, my wife said in my presence to a physician, 'Isn't this a lot?' He said, 'What difference does it make?' Meaning, 'He's going to die anyway. It doesn't matter.'"
He didn't die though, he completed his treatment for cancer and then found himself with a heavy addiction to the prescription drugs that he took throughout the illness.
"Your insides are being turned inside out, it's like someone is ripping you apart, but it's like no one can see it, including you, but that's what's happening.""As my generation ages, and as we incur more and more medical procedures, we're going to be prescribed pain meds, opiates, and there's going to be a larger and larger percentage of people who find it challenging to get off, this problem is not going to go away."
This situation is becoming more and more common, not only with patients diagnosed with cancer, but many illnesses, some even who are just going through the common pains of getting old. Media coverage on prescription painkiller addiction seems to be focusing on the young only, or at least in the majority, but the reality is that in the elderly it is very common.
Another noticed statistic in this was in the baby boomer generation. Historically, the "baby boomer" generation had a higher rate of illicit drug use as teenagers and young adults than most other generations. Now, as they all move into the demographic of people over the age of 50, this demographic is showing a large increase in drug use as well due to not having handled their drug habits.
As the 1960's and 1970's came drugs were heavily pushed throughout the culture in general and the baby boomer generation was heavily involved. Although undoubtedly many of them stopped drug use at some point or another, as their generation had more drug users than others, they also had larger numbers of people who went continuing their addiction.
Today they are now older but the drug use has not stopped for many of them. Over 75 percent of all prescription drugs and 61 percent of all over the counter drugs are purchased by this generation today. Further, some who had quit illicit drug use relapsed over the stress of hard times such as financial problems. 60 percent of the baby boomer generation today had financial investment losses after the economic crisis.
There is a particular danger is this when you are over 50 and that is an increase in overdose likelihood. Drug overdose does not occur at a set amount of drug intake but is largely influenced by the overall health of the individual involved. If you are older, or have a long history with drugs, the odds of succumbing to drug overdose are much higher.
Treatment Options in Minneapolis:
Whether you are dealing with heroin addiction or alcohol addiction, whether you are pregnant or not, the risks associated with addiction are far too great to be overlooked. If there is someone in your life that is dealing with addiction, doing whatever it takes to get them into recovery is time well spent. Of the 265 listed drug rehab centers in Minnesota, Minneapolis has 36 of them.
Although some people are able to overcome addiction through outpatient care, the numbers are indisputable and inpatient care has long been proven to be far more effective for treating drug and alcohol addiction. One of the main reasons for this is that the people and places around them are constant reminders of either their life as a drug addict or even the very reasons they turned to drugs to begin with and more often than not they relapse in between visits.
When looking for a center, take into consideration what type of care they offer and if you need to travel to a different city to find the center that you believe will offer the best help than go with that.