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Montana Drug Abuse

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Rolling hills, placid, mirror-like lakes and never-ending clear skies are just a few things that Montana is known for. Our communities are comprised of industrious, rugged and big-hearted people who have an American sense of pride and are quick to lend a helping hand. The tremendous nature of Montana reminds everyone that life is not easy. It is not uncommon for entire communities to strain under the pressure caused by alcoholism and drug addiction. Before hope seems too hard to grasp, reach out for the best assistant—Palm Partners Recovery Center. Our team of professionals is at your disposal. We are happy, able and ready to help you overcome your chemical dependency.

Data shows that those 18 and older particularly need – and aren’t receiving – alcohol detox and rehab in Montana.  If you’re using and abusing, call Palm Partners Addiction Detox and Rehab now for immediate help: 406-278-6001. Get into the right facility and transform your life. Our professionals are standing by, 24/7.

What you should know

Meth is the number one drug problem. Mexican poly-drug trafficking organizations distribute most of the meth, marijuana, cocaine and heroin in Montana. The organizations’ sources are Colorado, the Southwest Border, the Pacific Northwest and Mexico. Smaller organizations transport marijuana across the Canadian border.

Compared to other states

Source: SAMHSA’s most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, based on 2008-2009 annual averages. SAMHSA is the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

A closer look

Methamphetamine

Most significant drug problem. Mexican trafficking organizations are the primary distributors, especially in western Montana. However, many small, local labs produce meth for personal use and local distribution.

Marijuana

Most abused drug. Medicinal marijuana is legal. The majority of marijuana originates in Mexico and is transported by Mexican poly-drug trafficking organizations. Locally produced marijuana is mostly grown indoors for local consumption. Potent BC Bud from Canada is gaining in popularity and is often transshipped to other areas of the country.

Cocaine

Mostly limited to Billings, Great Falls and Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Sources are Washington, California, Colorado and the Southwest. Crack trafficking is limited to Billings, where street gangs control the market.

Alcohol

A significant problem.

Pharmaceuticals

OxyContin, benzodiazepines and Adderall most commonly abused. Hydrocodone products and opiate pain killers are also a threat. Sources are forged prescriptions and employee theft.

Club drugs

MDMA (Ecstasy) limited to college campuses and larger communities. Traffickers are typically 18-year-old white males with sources in Seattle. LSD, GHB and Ketamine are found only on college campuses.

Heroin

Very limited availability. Western Montana, mainly Missoula, has higher availability due to a proximity to Washington, historically a transshipment point for the Pacific Northwest.

Percentage of Montana population using/abusing drugs

AGE1 18+
ILLICIT DRUGS
Past Month Illicit Drug Use2 10.07
Past Year Marijuana Use 12.01
Past Month Marijuana Use 8.57
Past Month Use of Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana2 3.67
Past Year Cocaine Use 2.42
Past Year Nonmedical Pain Reliever Use 5.18
Perception of Great Risk of Smoking Marijuana Once a Month3 33.29
ALCOHOL
Past Month Alcohol Use 59.42
Past Month Binge Alcohol Use4 28.44
Perception of Great Risk of Drinking Five or More Drinks Once or Twice a Week3 39.41
PAST YEAR DEPENDENCE, ABUSE AND TREATMENT5
Illicit Drug Dependence2 1.93
Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2 2.81
Alcohol Dependence 4.40
Alcohol Dependence or Abuse 9.77
Alcohol or Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2 10.71
Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Illicit Drug Use2,6 2.66
Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Alcohol Use6 9.04
Serious psychological distress 11.28
Having at least one major depressive episode7 8.33
  1. Age group is based on a respondent’s age at the time of the interview, not his or her age at first use.
  2. Illicit Drugs include marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used non-medically. Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana include cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used non-medically.
  3. When the Perception of Great Risk in using marijuana or alcohol is low, use of marijuana or alcohol is high.
  4. Binge Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other) on at least 1 day in the past 30 days.
  5. Dependence or abuse is based on definitions found in the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).
  6. Needing But Not Receiving Treatment refers to respondents needing treatment for illicit drugs or alcohol, but not receiving treatment at a specialty facility.
  7. Major Depressive Episode is a period of at least 2 weeks when a person experienced a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities and had a majority of the symptoms for depression as described in the DSM-IV.

Source: Condensed version of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2004 and 2005, from SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies.