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How Montana Communities Are Coping With Meth Use

May 21, 2017

This program contains mature themes, and may not be appropriate for all audiences.

The flood of methamphetamines into Montana communities has left law enforcement, the courts and social services strained. Prosecutors report drug cases have clogged district courts. Child protection case numbers have soared as parents addicted to the drug neglect or abuse their children. Families of addicts report few options for helping their loved ones kick the substance. The Montana Meth Effect is an effort to tell the complex web of stories about communities coping with widespread drug use.

These seven connected stories travel all over the Montana to deeply report on the ripple meth has had on our state — from ERs and the courts, to the home of one Bitterroot family dealing with addiction right now, to the Capitol in Helena, to Fort Belknap and to the connection between gay men and meth.

These stories were produced for the spring semester capstone project, Montana Meth Effect. University of Montana School of Journalism students did great work, we hope you'll listen and let us know what you think.

You can learn more with additional multi-media reports and the data behind this reporting from the Montana Meth Effect.