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MSUB students help with law enforcement crisis training

MSUB students help with law enforcement crisis training

Every year since 2007, students from Montana State University Billings’ theater program have helped hundreds of law enforcement officials from across Montana put newly learned skills in dealing with people with mental health or substance abuse crisis events to the test.

September 15, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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The challenges of bottling up prescription drug abuse

The challenges of bottling up prescription drug abuse

In Sunday church pews, in the grandstands of the baseball game, in the big box store checkout line, most of the people around you have gotten a prescription for painkillers in the past year.

August 10, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Hundreds expected to march against drugs, violence

What began with only a dozen children and a handful of adults has mushroomed into one of the longest running and largest one-day drug abuse- and violence-prevention programs in the state. And this year, it is expected to attract more than 300 participants.

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Police officer: 'We see people robbing each other to get pills'

Police officer: 'We see people robbing each other to get pills'

One of the largest prescription drug collection efforts in Billings netted nearly 600 pounds of expired drugs, and police expect another significant haul Saturday when residents are urged to turn over their unused drugs.

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Gazette opinion: Justice and sobriety for all in treatment court

Judge Ingrid Gustafson’s courtroom was filled Thursday afternoon with nearly 20 drug addicts ready to celebrate sobriety.

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Gazette opinion: Community remedies for health care gaps

When Yellowstone County residents gathered at a public forum to discuss community health, the top unmet need identified was mental health. It was no coincidence that the second highest need, according to the group, is substance abuse.

February 17, 2014 9:44 am
Death rates soar among women using prescription drugs

Death rates soar among women using prescription drugs

Women throughout the nation are dying at an unprecedented rate from prescription drug overdoses.

December 29, 2013 6:00 am Photos

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Teen accused of huffing dust cleaner before injury crash pleads not guilty

Teen accused of huffing dust cleaner before injury crash pleads not guilty

An 18-year-old Billings man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 10 charges in connection to an injury crash prosecutors say he caused in July after huffing dust cleaner and passing out behind the wheel.

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Montana Meth Project launches prescription drug abuse campaign

Montana Meth Project launches prescription drug abuse campaign

MISSOULA — A new campaign to tackle the issue of prescription drug abuse among Montana teenagers is set to kick off Friday at the University of Montana’s Skaggs School of Pharmacy.

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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.

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Gazette opinion: Support for treatment courts must be sustained

District Judge Ingrid Gustafson presides in adult felony drug treatment court, but most of her cases involve children. The felony offenders are usually parents with youngsters.

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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.

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Wyoming study shows signs of decreasing substance use in some students

CASPER, Wyo. — A recent study indicates fewer Wyoming students are using controlled substances, but Natrona County School District officials say parents need to be aware of some disquieting trends.

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Gazette opinion: The case for swifter, sobering justice in Montana

When Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath spoke to the Legislature last month, he told of a growing judicial workload and reductions in the judicial branch budget. However, he made a case for the Legislature to sustain support for two relatively small programs that have helped co…

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Bullock asks Canada to reconsider oxycodone policy

Bullock asks Canada to reconsider oxycodone policy

HELENA — Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock added his voice Wednesday to those asking the Canadian government to reconsider its approval of the generic form of the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin.

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Red Ribbon Week highlights drug prevention

The importance of Red Ribbon Week shows up in the numbers.

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Program shows parents dangers at teen parties

Program shows parents dangers at teen parties

GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Substance Abuse Advisory Council wants to attack the problem of teenage drinking and drug use from every angle.

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Forum in Laramie to cover prescription drug abuse

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Prescription drug abuse will be the topic of a forum in Laramie on Friday.

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Health concerns provide challenges for college students

As the seasons change from summer to fall, many students will be starting college for the first time or returning to the classroom.

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