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Record amount of meth seized in Minnesota in 2017

Minnesota law enforcement took 600 pounds of meth off the streets.

Posted: May 11, 2018 1:12 AM
Updated: May 11, 2018 6:34 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - We all know about the struggles those face in the opioid crisis, but new data shows another drug is becoming a growing issue in Minnesota.
Minnesota's violent crime enforcement teams show law enforcement seized more than 624.5 pounds of meth last year. That broke the record for seizures in a single year and they expect that number to grow.
We spoke to addiction counselor Eric Spagenski, who battled addiction with opioids and meth. He tells us that focusing on opioids is leading other dangerous drugs to take over.
“Methamphetamine has far surpassed substance use and crimes over opioids significantly,” Spagenski said.
From his personal experience, Spagenski said it was harder for him to overcome his addiction to meth than opioids. Law enforcement in Minnesota also saw record-breaking seizure numbers for heroin and prescription pills.

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