The consequences of meth use can be seen throughout the state of Montana, but the impact reaches much farther than the addicts themselves. Meth extends from overcrowded foster care and court systems that are struggling to find permanent solutions, to hospitals that see patients suffering from meth overdoses in their emergency rooms every day.
By Taylor Crews
Meth use in Montana causes hundreds of children to be removed from their homes every year, placing them in a system that is crowded and in desperate need of a solution. It’s a number that is soaring with each passing year as the system struggles to help the kids of addicted parents.
By Matt Blois
City and small-town hospitals report many of their patients are overdosing on meth. Hospitals are struggling to treat these patients, who are often violent and paranoid, both in terms of cost and in the lack of time or resources.
By Kasey Bubnash
While professionals agree that Montana's meth decontamination laws are some of the most lenient in the nation, improvement is not in sight. Experts say these haphazard policies have affected families dealing with meth-contaminated homes.