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Montana is located in the Northwest region of the United States. The capital of the state is Helena. Other large cities in the state are Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls and Missoula. The state was bought in sections. The first section was bought during the Louisiana Purchase and the second section was bought during the Oregon Treaty.  Montana did not become a state until 1889 and was the 44th state to be admitted into the United States.

The famous explorers, Lewis and Clark ventured through Montana in 1805. There are museums to visit that follow the trail they traveled while you are there. There are also the Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, which offer many recreational activities for you to partake in. You can go camping, fishing or just go on a relaxing hike.  Besides outdoor activities, you can go and visit the Native American reservations or museums to take a look into their culture. There are also many attractions such as amusement parks, ice fishing, derbies or horseback riding. [Ref: www.montana.gov]

According to the United States Census, there are nearly 100,000 residents of Montana. Out of these residents over 90% of them graduate from high school and almost 28% go on to obtain Bachelor degrees or higher. The state has a diverse population of Caucasian Americans, Native Americans and Hispanics.

On average there is over 125,000 crimes committed in Montana every year. Most of the crimes committed are either property, violent or robbery. The amount of drug crimes and DUI arrests committed compared to the overall crime committed is approximately 13,000 of all the crimes committed in the state.

The Current Drug Scene In Montana

The White House Drug Policy reports that Montana is of the top ten states for use of an illicit drug in the past month and for use of marijuana in the past month. Approximately 10% of residents report using an illicit drug in the past month, while the national average is at 8%. In addition to this nearly 4% of residents admit to using an illicit drug other than marijuana in the past month, which is higher than the national average that is at 3%. Some of the major drugs used in the state are as follows:

  • Marijuana: This is the most widely abused drug in the state and the nation. Marijuana has over 1,200 residents checking themselves into treatment centers each year. This drug is typically viewed as a relaxant or as “no big deal” because many do not feel it is addictive, yet the drug can take hold of you just as any other drug can.
  • Heroin & Other Opiates: This category includes, but is not limited to prescription pain killers, other narcotics and opium. These drugs have been making a big impact on the entire nation and Montana alone. Opiates in general have over 800 people checking themselves into treatment centers every year. The drugs have wretch withdrawals and become addicting after first time use.
  • Stimulants: This category can contain methamphetamine, amphetamines or cocaine. These drugs are ones that speed up bodily functions and increase your risk of heart attack. Stimulants have just over 400 people checking themselves into treatment centers every year.

Due to the amount of drug use in the state, there are many drug induced deaths that occur daily. The amount of drug induced deaths may not exceed those of motor vehicle accidents or firearms, but the deaths still leave families and communities devastated. On average over 13 people per every 100,000 die from a drug induced death every year. This is higher than the national average, which is about 12 people per every 100,000.

The Primary Montana Treatment Options

Montana has prevention programs throughout the state. Most of the programs are either non-profit or funded by the state. The state has a Coordinate State Policy, which implements itself in communities across the state to reduce the amount of substance abuse in youth, as well as other issues youth have to face. The programs educate youth on the effects of using drugs and the consequences that come with drug addiction. [Ref: https://prevention.mt.gov/]

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Services, there are nearly 50 rehabilitation facilities ready to serve you. These facilities are across the state and range from 12 Step programs to more holistic approaches. If you want to overcome your addiction there is a program to assist you in the process. To find a facility that best suits your needs call a qualified counselor today at 800-208-4701.

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