A record number of Minnesotans died of alcohol-related causes in 2020, continuing a trouble trend in the preventable deaths.
By the numbers: Preliminary data from the Minnesota Department of Health shows that 992 residents succumbed to causes directly related to the substance in 2020, such as liver disease and overdoses.
- The annual increase was larger than in pre-pandemic years.
What they're saying: "Sadly, the pandemic has amplified some of the root causes of substance use and substance use disorders, such as social isolation, job loss and lack of access to treatment," health department commissioner Jan Malcolm said in a statement.
If you or someone you know is concerned about alcohol use, you can call a confidential help line at 800-662-4357 or find a treatment facility here.
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