Out here in Montana, the prairie extends to the Bitterroot range and breaks before the Rocky Mountains and the Continental Divide. This is the Land of the Shining Mountains, where river valleys mingle between mountain ranges and the once almost-extinct bison are free to roam.
Always acknowledging its role in American history, Montana is a proud veteran of major US wars, yet also strives to give better recognition and cultural education about its Native American populations, such as the Crow and the Cheyenne. Classic western imagery can be contributed to Charles Marion Russell, “the cowboy artist,” who painted elaborate scenes of cowboys, Native Americans, and Montana’s landscape during the nineteenth century.
Still, drug addiction has lurked throughout Montanan suburbs and cities since the mid-2000s, starting with prescription opioid pills and leading to a resurgence of methamphetamine today. The effects of substance abuse and drug trafficking from Mexico have also affected Native American reservations, older age groups, and rural neighborhoods. Because of this, Montana held a 2017 summit to discuss how to approach the ongoing drug addiction crisis in the state.
If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction and are looking for a drug treatment center, call our 24-hour helpline at (855) 619-8070 and one of our addiction specialists will answer any questions you may have. Start your recovery in Montana and take in the fresh air again.
About 7.6 percent (or 65,000 people) were dependent and/or abuse alcohol in Montana during 2013-2014, slightly higher than the national rate of 6.5 percent, according to SAMHSA. And while Montanan illicit drug abuse rates were lower than the national average (2.1 vs 2.6 percent), based on a per capita level, it is nothing to ignore.
Substances found to be most commonly abused in Montana are:
Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Montana was struggling with a methamphetamine epidemic. The Montana Meth Project was born to spread substance abuse awareness, and state Legislature passed laws to make purchasing supplies to produce the drug more difficult.
Laws like the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 mandated strict regulations to monitor purchases for ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine—key ingredients to manufacture crystal meth—and the efforts worked to reduce chemical pollution, teen meth abuse, and meth labs in the state.
Yet, what once used to be an issue where police officials would confiscate a couple of ounces of meth in 2006 have now increased to more than 20 pounds of meth in 2016.
Drug agencies in Montana attribute the increase in meth use to prescription painkillers. In 2010-2011, there were 82 painkiller prescriptions for every 100 Montanans and 300 deaths from opioid overdoses. Yet, with the expense to afford prescription opioid addiction, many people turned to cheaper and increasingly available meth. Mexican drug cartels, by the 2010s, were now smuggling meth via Washington state and major interstate routes, such as I-15 and I-90.
FIND THE BEST MONTANA DRUG REHABS FOR YOU
There are many different types of Montana drug rehabs offered. Look out for:
MONTANA SUBSTANCE STATISTICS
Deaths related to prescription opioid poisoning declined 20.8% in Montana between 2010-2011 and 2014-2015, with the state rate of 4.2 deaths per 100,000.
Only 1,000 (6.9%) Montanans aged 12 or older received treatment for their illicit drug abuse per year from 2010 to 2014.
Meth is making a comeback in Montana, going from 68 meth-related drug cases in 2010 to 232 cases in 2015.
16.2% of adolescents Montanans abused alcohol between 2013-2014 in the month prior to being surveyed.
WHY YOU SHOULD TRAVEL OUT TO MONTANA FOR DRUG TREATMENT
Traveling to a Montana drug rehab can be a daunting challenge to take on, especially for people who have never left their hometown, let alone their state. Yet, one of the best things you can do to begin your recovery is to start off on a clean slate in a new place to really blossom into the new you.
Here are just a few reasons why going to one of the many Montana drug rehabs will be the best decision of your life: