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Addiction

Dr. Brenda Roche

Dr. Brenda Roche

Dr. Brenda Roche of the Center for Families and Children talks on Aug. 21, 2014, about the challenges — and importance — of treating meth addiction, an affliction that is "devastating" for families. 

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Gazette opinion: Sober grads make case for treatment courts

Gazette opinion: Sober grads make case for treatment courts

A U.S. Army color guard posted flags in a courtroom where tables were laden with flowers, cake and sandwiches. The standing-room-only crowd included congressional representatives and guests from Helena. Wednesday was graduation day in Yellowstone County District Court.

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Efforts underway to fight epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse

Every day, 45 Americans die from an overdose of prescription pain medication. Prescription drug abuse now ranks as the fastest growing drug problem in the United States.

January 28, 2014 11:45 pmLoading…
Overcoming the grip of pill addiction

Overcoming the grip of pill addiction

Elisha Finley explains what her life was like while she was addicted and abusing prescription pain medications.

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Wyoming improves quit tobacco program

CHEYENNE — The state of Wyoming has improved a program that helps residents stop smoking or using smokeless tobacco.

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Gazette opinion: Evidence supports funding for treatment courts

Wednesday’s Gazette opinion told the story of young people who are recovering from addictions to alcohol and other drugs in Billings Municipal DUI Treatment Court. It argued for continued support for treatment courts in Montana.

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Intensive Treatment Program helps inmates transition back into society

Intensive Treatment Program helps inmates transition back into society

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Forty-nine-year-old Doug DeBoer has spent one-fourth of his life in prison.

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Transformations barbershop owner Carmine Robinson

Transformations barbershop owner Carmine Robinson

Transformations barbershop owner Carmine Robinson, left, cuts the hair of Hunter Holloway in Akron, Ohio.

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Carmine Robinson, left, with his mentor Minister Michael Starks

Carmine Robinson, left, with his mentor Minister Michael Starks

Robinson, left, stands outside his barbershop with his mentor, the Rev. Michael Starks.

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Lawsuit over Great Falls casinos' smoking shelters

GREAT FALLS — The Cascade County health department and the owners of several casinos in Great Falls are in a battle over a workaround the casino owners believe allows their customers to gamble while smoking.

July 22, 2013 12:41 pmLoading…

SD2 special ed teacher back in court on drug charges

Special-education teacher Koby Murray is set to be arraigned in Yellowstone County District Court on Tuesday on charges relating to prescription drug abuse.

June 07, 2013 4:07 pmLoading…

Study tallies economic cost of alcohol

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming men who are alcohol-dependent earn about 5 percent less than co-workers who don't have a problem with alcohol.

May 01, 2013 10:30 pmLoading…

10,300 Montana addicts to be eligible for treatment

HELENA — Some 10,344 alcoholics and drug addicts in Montana will become eligible for substance-abuse treatment coverage next year under the federal health care overhaul, a number that could jump to 21,473 if the state Legislature expands Medicaid to the working poor.

April 16, 2013 4:30 pmLoading…

Health official eyes Butte smoking violations

BUTTE — A Butte-Silver Bow health department official says more complaints are being made about people violating state law by smoking inside bars, restaurants and casinos.

March 30, 2013 9:08 pmLoading…

DPHHS promotes national tobacco use prevention media campaign

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched a national education campaign that depicts the harsh reality of illness and damage that people suffer as a result of smoking, spit tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke.

April 03, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: Let's help youth avoid tobacco trap

Tobacco use is legal throughout the country for people age 18 and older. Yet most of these adult tobacco users started when they were underage. If no minors used tobacco, the adult market for tobacco products would be vastly reduced.

March 13, 2012 12:00 amLoading…
Youth find creative ways to fuel cravings for nicotine

Youth find creative ways to fuel cravings for nicotine

A Skyview High School wrestler was caught in school this month — one day before the state wrestling tournament — with a $4.55 can of Copenhagen. The penalty resulting from the ill-conceived decision was priceless.

February 27, 2012 12:15 am Photos

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Health Matters: Smokeless tobacco not a safe alternative to smoking

Chew. Snuff. Spit. Dip. You can call smokeless tobacco by whatever name you want, but don’t call it harmless.

February 22, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

State receives poor grades in tobacco control report for 2012

HAMILTON — When it comes to Tobacco Control 101, Montana earns a barely passing grade.

January 25, 2012 10:30 amLoading…
Tammy Perkins, a Rimrock Foundation addiction counselor

Tammy Perkins, a Rimrock Foundation addiction counselor

Tammy Perkins, a Rimrock Foundation addiction counselor at Senior High, is concerned about use of a synthetic marijuana she has seen among students.

January 21, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

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