Montana is in crisis. I fear for our state, our communities, our family and our children. The war on drugs continues to escalate in the United States, and Montana is seeing a steady increase in drug-related overdoses as we enter 2023.
In just ten days, 28 overdoses were reported in Montana, and these are just the ones reported.
These overdoses took place between January 11th and January 21st. If we took that scary 10-day overdose average, we would have 1,095 REPORTED overdoses per year. This does not include the unreported overdoses.
The Montana Department of Justice has issued an official “Overdose Alert” to try to raise awareness of the nationwide crisis we are slowly but surely entering.
In Cascade, Custer, Flathead, Gallatin, Lake, Lewis and Clark, Missoula, Ravalli, Silver Bow and Yellowstone counties, the rise in fentanyl-related overdoses has increased with no end in sight.
Where does all that fentanyl come from?
According to the Montana Department of Justice:
Fentanyl traded in Montana is believed to have originated primarily in China. It is usually smuggled into Mexico and then smuggled across the southwestern border before finally being distributed around the state. It is often compressed into pill form in illegal locations in northern Mexico. Fentanyl has been sent through the mail and parcel services, but is most likely driven into the state in private vehicles. -MTDOJ
The state of Montana has enacted a statewide permanent ordinance on naloxone opioid antagonists. What does that mean and what is this standing order for?
The purpose of this standing order is to help individuals suffering from an opioid-related overdose by facilitating the distribution of the opioid antagonist naloxone to eligible recipients in Montana. A suspected opioid overdose can be reversed and death prevented by timely administration of the opioid antagonist naloxone
Lifesaving Narcan can be found in several locations throughout Montana.
WHERE CAN I GET NARCAN IN MONTANA?
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, help is available.
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