Take Action At Home Or In Your Community

Join the fight against Montana’s opioid epidemic. Here are some helpful resources to get informed to prevent abuse in your home and in your community.

Opioid Epidemic by the Numbers

  • 44% of all drug overdose deaths are attributable to opioids
  • The rate of overdose deaths in Montana peaked in 2008-2009 but we are seeing a resurgence of heroin in communities across the state
  • Montana opioid overdose rate was 4.2 of every 100,000 residents in 2014-2015
  • Since the year 2000, more than 700 Montanans have died from opioid overdose

– Source: Montana Office of Vital Statistics

  • Montana has 70 opioid prescriptions for every 100 residents

– Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Prevent an Opioid Overdose

The following tips can help you or a loved one avoid opioid overdose:

  • Take medicine as prescribed by your doctor
  • Do not take more medication or take it more often than instructed
  • Never mix pain medicines with alcohol, sleeping pills, or illicit substances
  • Store medicine safely where children or pets can’t reach it
  • Dispose of unused medication promptly and in safe medication depositories. Find a location near you.

– Source: SAMHSA