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Articles with the Tag: methamphetamines

Meth addict finds new hope in drug court Meth addict finds new hope in drug court

The courtroom exudes formality. An ornate chandelier looms in the space over Bella Dally. Above it is the intricately detailed ceiling of Judge John Larson’s court.  For Dally, this intimidating room with its gold columns and rich wood is a place where she feels welcomed and respected.  ...

Drug courts offer addicts a path to get clean Drug courts offer addicts a path to get clean

Lauren Pope struggled with drug addiction for more than a decade.  In 2013, things were so bad that she thought getting arrested would be the only way to clean up, so she stole a bottle of Worcestershire sauce from a Rosauer’s in Missoula.  “I made sure that that security lady saw...

Alleged drug dealer cited for assault, criminal endangerment Alleged drug dealer cited for assault, criminal endangerment

POLSON –  Daniel Olin Rosa, 32, of Charlo, was scheduled to be sentenced for drug possession but didn’t show up to court and now faces bigger problems. Rosa had a plea agreement that called for a three-year commitment to the Department of Corrections. The plea would have dismissed a crimi...

Meth addiction divides Montana families Meth addiction divides Montana families

She thought he would make it.  He knew a relapse would cost him his four-year-old daughter and again and again he would tell Judy Kelly, “I love her more than anything else in the world.” Ultimately, he went back to using meth and lost custody.  “I believe that he was tel...

Few options exist for parents battling a child’s meth addiction Few options exist for parents battling a child’s meth addiction

By Callahan Peel UM School of Journalism Celes Castrol remembers that day in eighth grade when she and her friends discovered the meth pipes in one girl’s parents’ room.  Castrol and her friends decided to test them out, and from that point on, Castrol was hooked. She used on and of...

Meth: state moves to increase access to treatment Meth: state moves to increase access to treatment

Montana’s Attorney General stood on the steps outside of the Capitol in Helena and announced this state has a problem with drugs.  “You know it’s no secret that Montana has a substance abuse problem,” Attorney General Tim Fox said. “Since 1980 drug offense rates in Monta...

The epidemic that’s hurting us all: meth

On my most recent telephone town hall with 28,000 Montanans, nearly 95 percent agreed that meth is a problem in Montana. Certainly, Barbara from Billings knows this to be true – she shared with me that her son is currently recovering from meth.  One third of the record 3,400 children in Montana...

Meth production shifts to industrial labs Meth production shifts to industrial labs

It was a bust made to go viral.  Following a 2013 shooting between father and son, Walter White was arrested for meth distribution in Billings. White, who shares his name with the fictional meth dealer from the television program “Breaking Bad,” had been caught after the fight over a $10,...

Drug dealer receives 5-year sentence Drug dealer receives 5-year sentence

POLSON – A woman who the state said brought “very large” quantities of methamphetamine and heroin from Washington was sentenced to two 5-year terms with the Department of Corrections last week with no time suspended. The sentences will run concurrently. Angela Christine Evans was arreste...

Addiction to meth centers in brain Addiction to meth centers in brain

LAKE COUNTY — It’s not like trying a beer. “Methamphetamine changes brain chemistry,” said Dr. Paul Gochis of St. Luke Community Healthcare. Methamphetamine abuse is a problem, according to health professionals, law enforcement, and county attorneys in Lake County, and in an eff...


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