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The capital of Montana is Helena, MT. This state joined the union on November 8, 1889 and was the 41st state to do so. The state symbols of Montana include the bitterroot, ponderosa pine, and the Western meadowlark. 2010 resident census population reported that 989,415 people live in Montana. Of this population 496,667 (50.2%) were Male; Female: 492,748 (49.8%). White: 884,961 (89.4%); Black: 4,027 (0.4%); American Indian: 62,555 (6.3%); Asian: 6,253 (0.6%); Other race: 5,975 (0.6%); Two or more races: 24,976 (2.5%); Hispanic/Latino: 28,565 (2.9%). 2010 population 18 and over: 77.4%; 65 and over: 14.8%; median age: 39.

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Montana Drug Use Trends

Montana is a state located in the western portion of the U.S. While Montana is one of the largest states, it is also one of the least populated at the same time. The state is so called after the Spanish word spelled the same way which means mountain, and Montana boasts 77 named ranges which are part of the Rocky Mountains. When residents of Montana need help for any type of substance abuse issue, it is important that they know what all of the options are so that they can make the best decision in regards to this. Here are examples of the types of drug problems in the state and treatment options available as well.


Rates of alcohol abuse far exceed those for illicit drug abuse in the state of Montana. This problem presents itself at a very early age for many Montana residents, and about one-quarter of high school students in Montana report having consumed alcohol for the first time before the age of 13. Also, 43% of high school students in Montana report having had at least one drink of alcohol on at least one day during the past 30 days, and 30% report having ridden with a driver who had been drinking alcohol one or more times. An estimated 22% of young adult men and 12% of young adult women in Montana have an alcohol abuse problem.


The rate of recent drug use among persons age 12 or older and among young adults age 18-25 in Montana is much higher than the national average. The same holds true for recent marijuana use specifically, among the same age groups. Around 10% of Montana residents report recent illicit drug use, well above the national average, and the state is in the top ten of states for past-month illicit drug use among residents age 12 and older. Marijuana is the illicit drug of choice in the state, although the second biggest problem in the state is opiates including heroin and the non-medical abuse of prescription opiate medications. An estimated 9% of young adult women and 6% of young adult men in Montana have a drug abuse problem. As a consequences of substance abuse in Montana, the state experiences higher than average rates of drug induced deaths.


While it may be difficult some residents to be away from their families and/or responsibilities for an extended period of time while in treatment in Montana, long-term programs in the state which are either in an inpatient setting or a residential facility are the programs that have the highest success rates. Instead of remaining in an environment which is likely triggering one's substance abuse, as the case when enrolled in an outpatient program, long-term inpatient and residential drug rehab programs in Montana provide an essential change of environment which is most suitable for individuals who will struggle with cravings and other challenges that they will need a robust support system for around the clock. So if you are struggling with addiction or know someone who is, speaking with a professional drug treatment counselor at such a facility today to get your questions answered and to find out the benefits which such an exclusive environment can offer.

Population in Montana:935,670
State Prison Population in Montana:3,877
Probation Population in Montana:7,221
Violent Crime Rate in Montana:
National Ranking:33
2007 Federal Drug Seizures in Montana:
Cocaine seizures in Montana:0.6 kgs.
Heroin seizures in Montana:0.0 kgs.
Methamphetamine seizures in Montana:3.4 kgs.
Marijuana seizures in Montana:333.1 kgs.
Hashish seizures in Montana:0.0 kgs.
MDMA seizures in Montana:0.0 kgs./2,567 du
Meth Lab Incidents in Montana:7
(DEA, Montana, and local city Law Enforcement)
Drug Situation in Montana:
  • Mexican poly-drug trafficking organizations distribute most of the methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine and heroin in Montana. Mexican DTOs have sources of supply in Colorado, the southwest border, the Pacific Northwest, and Mexico.
  • Marijuana is transported into Montana across the Canadian border by smaller organizations.
  • Methamphetamine production and abuse is the primary drug issue faced by law enforcement in Montana.

  • Cocaine is available in the more densely populated areas of Montana, but not widely available throughout the state.
  • Billings, Great Falls and the Blackfeet Indian Reservation are the main locations for cocaine use in Montana.
  • Sources of supply of cocaine for Montana are usually located in Washington, California, Colorado, and the Southwest.
  • Crack trafficking in Montana is mainly limited to the Billings area, where street gangs control the market. These gangs have sources of supply in California and Chicago.

  • Heroin is not encountered often in Montana.
  • Western Montana, mainly Missoula, has a higher availability of heroin due to the proximity to the state of Washington, historically a transshipment point for heroin in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Law enforcement officers in Montana identify methamphetamine as the most significant drug problem in the state.
  • Mexican trafficking organizations are responsible for most of methamphetamine distribution in Montana.
  • Mexican methamphetamine is available in western Montana primarily, due to the proximity to established trafficking routes in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Besides organized methamphetamine trafficking, numerous small scale local laboratory operators, producing notable quantities of methamphetamine for personal use or local distribution, are problematic to law enforcement in Montana.
  • There were 7 meth lab incidents in Montana in 2007.

  • Club drugs, such as MDMA, are not readily available throughout Montana, but can be found in the larger communities and on college campuses.
  • Traffickers of club drugs in Montana are typically white males, 18 to years of age, with sources of supply in the Seattle, Washington, area.
  • Abuse of club drugs such as LSD, GHB, and Ketamine appear to be limited to college communities in Montana.

  • Marijuana is the most abused drug in Montana.
  • Most marijuana that is trafficked in Montana originates in Mexico and is smuggled into the state by Mexican poly-drug trafficking organizations.
  • Locally produced marijuana from Montana is normally grown indoors, with grows generally consisting of less than 100 plants.
  • Potent "BC Bud" or "Kind Bud" from the Pacific Northwest and western Canada is gaining in popularity and availability in Montana.
  • "BC Bud" is often smuggled directly into Montana across the Canadian border, and is often transshipped to other areas of the United States.

  • Going right along with national trends, OxyContin has become a pharmaceutical drug of abuse in Montana.
  • OxyContin is being illegally distributed in various areas in Montana.
  • Dilaudid and other opiate pain killers are also in demand on the illegal drug market in Montana.

  • Current investigations report that diversion of hydrocodone products such as Vicodin continues to be a problem in Montana.
  • Primary methods of diversion of pharmaceuticals being reported in Montana are forged prescriptions and employee theft.
  • OxyContin, benzodiazepines (such as Xanax and Valium) and Adderall were identified as being among the most commonly abused and diverted pharmaceuticals in Montana.

  • In 1995 a program was created known as the DEA Mobile Enforcement Teams, or "MET". This was in response to the overwhelming problem of drugs and drug-related crimes across the nation. Since the inception of the program, there has been one MET deployment in the State of Montana, in Big Horn.
  • There were 74 drug violation arrests in Montana in 2007.

  • The state of Montana is a part of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), which is based in Denver, Colorado.

State Policy Offices : Montana

  • Governor's Office Office of the Governor
    State Capitol, Room 204
    Helena, MT 59620
    (406) 444-3111
  • State Legislative Contact Legislative Council
    State Capitol, Room 138
    Helena, MT 59620
    (406) 444-3064
  • State Drug Program Coordinator Administrator of Crime Control
    Scott Hart Building, Room 463
    303 North Roberts Street
    Helena, MT 59620
    (406) 444-3604

State Criminal Justice Offices : Montana

  • Attorney General's Office Department of Justice
    Justice Building, Room 317
    215 North Sanders Street
    Helena, MT 59620
    (406) 444-2026
  • Law Enforcement Planning Crime Control Division
    Scott Hart Building, Room 462
    303 North Roberts Street
    Helena, MT 59620
    (406) 444-3604
  • Crime Prevention Office Montana Crime Prevention Association
    414 East Callender
    Livingston, MT 59047
    (406) 222-6120
  • Statistical Analysis Center Board of Crime Control
    Montana Department of Justice
    303 North Roberts Street,Fourth Floor
    Helena, MT 59620
    (406) 444-4298
  • Uniform Crime Reports Contact Uniform Crime Reports
    Montana Board of Crime Control
    303 North Roberts Street
    Helena, MT 59620
    (406) 444-3604
  • BJA Strategy Preparation Agency Montana Board of Crime Control
    Scott Hart Building
    303 North Roberts Street
    Helena, MT 59620
    (406) 444-3604
  • Judicial Agency Judiciary Division
    Supreme Court
    Justice Building, Room 315
    215 North Sanders Street
    Helena, MT 59620
    (406) 444-2621
  • Corrections Agency Department of Corrections and Human Services
    1539 11th Avenue
    Helena, MT 59620
    (406) 444-5671

State Health Offices : Montana

  • RADAR Network Agency Department of Corrections and Human Services
    Chemical Dependency Bureau
    1539 11th Avenue
    Helena, MT 59620
    (406) 444-2878
  • HIV-Prevention Program Montana Department of Health and Environmental
    Cogswell Building
    Helena, MT 59620
    (406) 444-3565
  • Drug and Alcohol Agency Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division
    Department of Corrections and Human Services
    1539 11th Avenue
    Helena, MT 59620
    (406) 444-2827

State Education Office : Montana

  • State Coordinator for Drug-Free Schools State Department of Education
    Office of Public Instruction
    Capitol Building
    Helena, MT 59620
    (406) 444-4434

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