In the Big Sky Country of Montana, prescription drug abuse is a huge problem. From 2011-2013, prescription drug overdoses were responsible for at least 369 deaths and more than 7000 inpatient admissions and emergency department encounters. When we include scenarios in which other substances are involved, the numbers are even higher.
Perhaps even more disturbing, is that Montana has also been one of the states with the highest rates of younger age groups who think that there is no significant harm in drug abuse. Youth drinking in Montana also has been above the national rate.
Statistics would suggest the state is gaining the upper hand on prescription drug abuse. The number of prescription drug-related deaths in Montana numbered 109 in 2013, according to the state Department of Public Health and Human Services. The number of people prosecuted for prescription drug crimes in Yellowstone County has fallen 70 percent from 2011 to 2013.
Montana has seen an increase in the number of methamphetamine-related crimes and arrests since 2012. Missoula lies along the I-90 corridor that authorities say the meth is traveling along, from Washington State to Montana and on to the busy oil fields of North Dakota and Eastern Montana known as the Bakken. The same can be said for Butte, Bozeman, Livingston, Billings and dozens of other smaller communities that have also seen an increase in meth activity.
Quick Facts on Addiction in Montana
- Prescription drug overdose mortality rates in Montana have doubled since 1999, giving the state the 21st highest drug overdose mortality rate in the nation.
- The state’s teenagers report the third-highest rate of prescription drug abuse in the country and more than half of them say prescription drugs are easier to get than street drugs.
- The drugs most commonly present in drug-related deaths in Montana are hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone and Fentanyl.
- In 2013, an estimated 5,000 Montana children ages 12 to 17 and 68,000 adults age 18 and older were dependent on or abusing illicit drugs or alcohol.
- In 2013, 23 percent of Missoula County high school students reported using marijuana one or more times in the past month.
- Authorities say there is an increase in methamphetamine use throughout Montana. The Drug Task Force says that while criminals aren’t making as much meth in Montana, others are slipping it into the state.
- Cannabis in Montanais legal for medical uses but illegal for recreational use since 1929. Medical cannabis was legalized by ballot initiative in 2004. As of mid-2015, there are three proposed ballot initiatives for the November 2016 elections in Montana: a proposal to loosen the rules on quantities and recipients for medical cannabis, a proposal to legalize recreational cannabis for adults 21 and over and a third proposal to require Montana’s drug policy to follow federal policy, which would put an end to the state’s medical marijuana program
- Montana’s drinking-age residents consume an average of 40.5 gallons of beer per person annually and the state has the highest percentage nationwide of driving under the influence of alcohol.
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