The drug crisis is a growing problem throughout the United States. Unfortunately, Montana is not exempt from the epidemic. According to ABC FOX Montana, law enforcement seized around 35,000 grams of drugs in southwest Montana. Several factors lead to drug addiction and the growing epidemic. For those facing criminal charges or swept up in the crisis, Montana is on its way to trying to curb the problem.
Recently, drug prices have gone down, the amount of drugs people buy has also gone up. In addition, the potency rises. With THC, for instance, the potency is as high as 90 or 95% when it was only at 3% in the 1960s and 1970s. One way to avoid drugs entering into the wrong hands is to attend drug-take-back days. These are days where you can leave unused medication with authorities.
Montana has 3.9 million dollars to direct towards addiction treatment reports Montana Public Radio. While overdose rates in Montana are lower than some other states, this does not mean that there is not a problem. Many patients are in the middle of a fight against addiction. Rural programs need to address the drug crisis and treatment. The Health Resources and Services Administration has given Montana about 1 million dollars for treatments and treatment training. The focus on treatment is a crucial solution.
With the rising drug numbers, treatment providers are also growing in number. There are nearly double the centers that were available just a few years ago. The new funding allows for those who struggle with drug addiction to receive the help that they need.