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Local Substance Abuse Treatment Needs Expansion
While substance abuse prevention efforts are expanding around the state, more addiction treatment resources are needed.
Gov. Steve Bullock recently announced that a $730,000 grant awarded to the Montanta Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) will help distribute medication collection boxes in pharmacies across the state.
While the news was well received, different communities have been concerned about how to address different issues related to drug abuse, including Missoula where there is a large number of people who are homeless and many drug-related crimes.
The police department and city officials are attempting to address how to best serve its homeless population while also increasing addiction treatment resources.
According to the Addiction Policy Forum's Addiction Resource Center database, there are 12 providers in the surrounding county.
The DPHHS reported that approximately 700 opioid-related deaths occurred in the state from 2000 to 2015.