Take Action at Home or in Your Community

Join the fight against Montana’s epidemic of drug addiction, misuse and abuse. Here are some helpful resources to get informed to prevent and respond to drug addiction, misuse and abuse in your home and in your community.

In the News

Methamphetamine

CBS Montana Special Series: Montana’s Drug Superhighway

  1. Troopers form specialized team to stop interstate drug loads
  2. How traffickers conceal carloads of drugs from police
  3. One woman’s journey to recovery after meth addiction

NBC Montana: Meth prosecutions on the rise in Montana

Montana Kaimin: From meth to a master’s: overcoming the past and ‘the box’

Missoula Current: “We’re facing a crisis” State’s drug epidemic unites disparate forces under common cause

NBC Montana: Overcoming addiction crisis in Montana takes effort on all levels

Bozeman Chronicle: (Editorial) Ending state’s meth crisis a shared responsibility

NBC Montana: Meth epidemic overwhelms Montana

Billings Gazette: Fighting Montana’s meth problem will take a focused effort, law enforcement leaders say

Flathead Beacon: Meth, Heroin Addiction Continues to Strain Community

NBC Montana: Meth contamination shows up in large percentage of Montana rentals, homes

NBC Montana: Montana has grey area regarding meth contamination, cleanup

Opioids

Billings Gazette: Ryan Leaf, former NFL quarterback and Montana native, shares his story of recovery

KTVQ: Ex-NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf highlights opioid summit in Billings

The Health of America: America’s Opioid Epidemic and Its Effect on the Nation’s Commercially-Insured Population

Making the Health Care System Work: Tackling Prescribing Patterns to Combat the Opioid Crisis

Prime Therapeutics: Impact of a Managed Care Pharmacist Consultation Program on controlled Substance Drug Cost, Emergency Room Visits and Hospitalizations

Making the Health Care System Work: Doctors Are Prescribing Fewer Opioids, But Progress is Uneven

Making the Health Care System Work: How Health Plans Can Break The Cycle of Opioid Abuse

BCBSMT joins Walgreens to expand safe medication disposal program in Montana

Find Treatment

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Behavioral Health Treatment Locator

National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP

Words Matter

Click here for a complete list of words that work and words to avoid to help de-stigmatize the conversation surrounding drug addiction, misuse and abuse.

What to Watch For

People with drug use problems might:

  • Change their friends a lot
  • Spend a lot of time alone
  • Choose not to spend time with family and friends like they used to
  • Lose interest in their favorite things
  • Not take care of themselves—for example, not take showers, change clothes, or brush their teeth
  • Be really tired and sad
  • Have changes in eating habits (eating more or eating less)
  • Be very energetic, talk fast, or say things that don’t make sense
  • Be in a bad mood
  • Quickly change between feeling bad and feeling good
  • Sleep at strange hours
  • Miss important appointments
  • Have problems at work or at school
  • Have problems in personal or family relationships

– Source: NIDA