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The situation: As the 20th Century gave
way to the 21st, Montana was in danger of
sliding into a deep meth-induced morass.
One study indicated that in 1999 more than
15% of seniors in Montana high schools
had used methamphetamine at least once.
During the same period, almost one in four
drug treatment admissions was for meth
addiction. The Montana Meth Project.
founded in 2005, helped get out the anti-
meth message through ads and videos like
the one below:














Meth in Montana  

-- High school students who say they have used methamphetamine at least once during their life (all grades, 9th-12th). Source: Centers for Disease Control survey
Year                      1999       2001     2003      2005         2007       2009
Total                    13.5%     12.6%    9.3%      8.3%       4.6%       3.1%
9th grade              11.0%     12.8%    7.3%      6.5%       3.6%       2.8%
10th grade            14.6%       9.3%    8.6%      5.8%       4.2%       1.0%
11th grade           13.2%     12.1%    7.9%      9.3%       5.5%       3.5%
12th grade           15.3%     16.5%   12.9%    10.7%       5.0%       2.5%


-- Clandestine meth lab busts in Montana since 2004
Year                 2004     2005    2006     2007     2008     2009    2010
Lab busts           75         26       12         8          6           12       11
Source: El Paso Intelligence Center


-- Number of people admitted to drug treatment for amphetamine-related addictions and the percentage of all admissions that were related to amphetamines (mostly meth).
Year                  2005     2006     2007     2008     2009    2010
Number           1,476    1,128     964       517       424      435
Percentage       18.1%   14.2%  10.0%    6.9%    5.8%   6.3%
(Note: the national average percentage of meth admissions is 6.3%)
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


-- Seizures of methamphetamine in Montana by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Seizure amounts are in kilograms (note: 1 kg. = 2.2 lbs.):
Year                 2005     2006     2007     2008     2009    2010
Seizures           6.1        4.4       9.9        2.8       4.6       3.4
Source: Drug Enforcement Administration



Speaking of meth

“The meth had nothing to do with what I did. It just made it easier because it makes you numb. I wish I could blame it on the meth but I can’t. I would do the same thing again if I had a chance to do it over.”
- Tyler Miller, 34, recently arrested on charges of killing his girlfriend.
Teen meth use dropping
Percentage of high school students who admit to using methamphetamine at least once in their lives.
      Montana         U.S. average
1999     2001      2003      2005      2007     2009    
13.5%  
9.1%  
3.1%  
4.1%  
Centers for Disease Control survey