The onslaught of meth users has taken a large toll on Montana, leaving the state’s infrastructure of jails, hospitals and social services unable to deal with the growing number of meth-related cases. As state and local resources are stretched to the max, lawmakers and citizens look for solutions.
By Beau Baker
A team of court officials, addiction counselors and medical experts are working to keep meth from destroying more families each day in Judge John Larson's drug court. But where one woman in court found a second chance, her daughter failed, and sunk even further into her addiction.
By Nora Saks
Two women fed up with the widespread use of meth on the Fort Belknap reservation have launched a series of homegrown treatment programs. These programs rely on the idea of peer mentoring where recovered addicts help inspire and guide those seeking to kick the drug.
By Rick Rowan
Lake County’s sheriff wants a new jail, but he also wants a treatment program like the one underway in Bozeman. These treatment programs help fill the gap many poor or rural drug users face when seeking help with their meth addictions.
By Augusta McDonnell
One mother’s battle with methamphetamine addiction brought her back from the brink of losing her son forever. Her story is a test of Family Drug Treatment Court in Montana that is trying to keep parents out of jail and kids out of foster care.
By Maria Anderson
As Attorney General Tim Fox kicked off a new effort to craft a substance abuse strategy for the state, the governor was signing a law to expand the number of state-approved treatment centers. Both moves, counselors hope, will improve access to meth addiction treatment in a state flooded with the drug.