The Principal at Drug Dialogues, Carol Falkowski is a member of NIDA's Community Epidemiology Work Group. In this interview she presents a highlight on heroin use in the Twin Cities from her June 2013 Report on "Drug Abuse in Minneapolis/St.Paul, Minn.".
[Carol Falkowski] The story from Minneapolis and St. Paul is heroin. We have an emerging heroin problem; the likes of which has never existed before.
The primary demographic of heroin users in the twin cities tend to be young, largely suburban males. About 40 percent of people coming into treatment for heroin are between 18 and 25 years old.
Our deaths keep going up. Our treatment admissions, coupled with admissions for other opiates, now account for 1 out of 5 people coming in to treatment; which is second only to people coming in to treatment for alcohol. This has never been the case and historically in the twin cities area we have never had an entrenched narcotic-addicted population. So everyone is on a learning curve about what to do about it and how to best address it.