Montana Substance Abuse


Montana is located in the northwestern part of the United States. It is the 8th most populous, 4th largest in area and 3rd least dense state in the United States. The state is bordered on the west by Idaho, in the south by Wyoming and in the east direction South & North Dakota, the north direction is bordered by Canadian provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. The primary economy of the state is based on agriculture, it also has other significant economic resources which includes oil, gas, coal, hard rock mining, and lumber. The health care, service, and government sectors also are significant to the state's economy.

These are the top cities in Montana:

S.NoName of the citiesPopulationLatitude/Longitude
1Billings110,26345.783 / -108.501
2Missoula71,02246.872 / -113.994
3Great Falls59,63847.5 / -111.301
4Bozeman43,40545.68 / -111.039
5Butte34,19046.004 / -112.535

Most commonly abused substance in Montana

  • Marijuana
  • Amphetamine
  • Heroin
  • Other opiates, including prescription drugs
  • Cocaine (smoked and other routes)

Substance abuse statistics

  • Among those who were addicted to alcohol , only 8% of them receive treatment and this percentage equates to approximately 65,000 individuals in the state.
  • According to the drug arrests in between 2010 and 2015 by the highway patrol, the state is observed with 547 percent increase.
  • According to the American Civil Liberties Union, 90 percent of inmates incarcerated in Montana is charged with addiction-related offenses.
  • Similar to the other states in America, in Montana also there is a rise for the usage of heroin.This is strongly influenced and driven by increases in prescription drug use in the state and across the country.
  • Meth is also another problem in the state, according to DCI (Division of Criminal Investigation) revealed the availability of drugs in the purest form, which is very strongest and deadlier.
  • Prescription drugs were the major issue in the state than other kinds of drugs like Cocaine, Meth and heroin. The fatalities caused by this is 15times higher than the other drugs combinedly.
  • When it comes for prescribed painkillers, nearly 5% of Montana teens and 10% of the young adults use them for recreational purposes.
  • In the past year about 21% of highschool students involved in binge drinking and about 38% of students abuse Marijuana.
  • Highschoolers of about 71% involved in binge drinking in Montana according to a survey report.
  • Even the death rates due to alcohol consumption is high in the state compared to the country’s ratio. In Between 2006 to 2010 about 390 residents died, a rate of 37.7 lives lost per 100,000
  • The national average on drug related death ratio is about 12.8 per 100,000, its low when it is compared with the drug related death ratio in Montana of about 15.1 per 100,000 people.
  • Since 2013, the arrests which involves heroin related issues was increased by 475%.
  • Binge drinking recorded in the state was higher than the national average of 16.3%, record says that one in five adults of the state involved in binge drinking in the past one month.
  • In Between 2010 and 2015, the state observes 427% increase in the Methamphetamine violations.

Substance abuse treatment

Montana has nine drug treatment centers, including three that offer inpatient and outpatient programs, two that only offer inpatient programs, and 11 that offer outpatient programs. The state has 37 sober(tips for staying sober) living homes.

In 2015, 5,908 people received treatment for a substance abuse addiction.

S.NoName of the drug Number people received treatmentPercentage
6Other Substances831%

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Montana is one of the states which has more exposure and availability to many forms of deadlier drugs. Many people in the state were addicted and it has been the major issue. State government takes many initiatives to help the people by opening many treatment centers. They often provide counselling and awareness problem. You can check our website to know more about the treatment centers nearby your area, contact us to have a free guidance on how we can help you find the right treatment center.

Current captions about Drug abuse in Montana

Alcohol abuse

From 2010 to 2014, nearly 41,595 people visit emergency rooms and hospitalizations for alcohol abuse.

Drug abuse

Nearly 26,829 people visit emergency rooms and hospitalizations for Drug abuse.

Prescription drug

Between 2011 and 2013, due to prescription drug overdoses, roughly 359 adults in Montana lost their lives.

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