Opioid Project Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Resources
Opioid use is the primary driver of drug overdose deaths in Montana. According to the Montana Department of Health and Human Services Injury Prevention Program, Drug Poisoning Deaths in Montana, 2007-2018., thirty-Five percent of all drug overdose deaths are attributable to opioids. Montana has 89 opioid prescriptions for every 100 residents. The 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey showed that over one in ten high school students has taken a prescription drug without a doctor’s prescription.
The best ways to prevent prescription opioid misuse and overdose is to be informed on safe usage, storage and disposal. (Click the links below to find out more)
For additional information on proper usage of prescription opioids:
For additional information on proper storage of prescription opioids:
For additional information on proper disposal of prescription opioids:
***These pouches are made available through our grant funding and therefore supplies will be limited***
A maximum of 100 pouches per order can be requested
Naloxone is a synthetic prescription opioid medication used to reverse a prescription opioid overdose. There are 3 FDA-approved formulations available to Montanans:
- Injectable: professional training required
- Auto-injectable: prefilled auto-injection device for families or emergency personnel to inject quickly into outer thigh. The device provides verbal instruction to the user describing how to deliver the medication.
- Nasal Spray: prefilled, sprayed into one nostril while patients lay on their back. *No professional training required
Train to carry and administer naloxone and learn how to train others to carry and administer naloxone.
This standing order authorizes pharmacists who maintain a current active license practicing in a pharmacy located in Montana to initiate a prescription and dispense a naloxone opioid antagonist formulation listed in this standing order.
Treatment and Recovery
Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) is a pattern of opioid use that causessignificant impairment or distress.The term OUD is preferredover other terms such as opioid abuse, opioid dependence, oropioid addiction.
Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Clinics
MAT Clinics are specialized clinics that treat Opioid Use Disorder and Opioid Addiction Recovery
- Behavioral Health Treatment Centers
Treatment facilities in Montana for substance use/addiction and/or mental health problems that may or may not have solutions specific to Opioid Use Disorder
- Buprenorphine Practitioner Locator
Find general physicians, emergency room doctors and practitioners authorized to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine in Montana
When a person has two or more disorders at the same time or one right after the other, it is called comorbitity. Comorbitity happens frequently with substance use disorders and mental health disorders According to the National Institute On Drug Abuse, of the 20.3 million adults with substance use disorders 37.9% also had mental illness.
State and Tribal Suicide Prevention Resources:
- Montana suicide prevention resources are available at https://dphhs.mt.gov/suicideprevention
- If you are in crisis and want help,call the Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 24/7, at:
- CALL: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
- TEXT: “MT” to 741741
- Additional Resources for specific groups/communities (schools, veterans, college students, suicide survivors, American Indians, correctional facilities, etc.) available at https://dphhs.mt.gov/suicideprevention/suicideresources
- MONTANA’S CAST-S Crisis Action School Toolkit on Suicide 2017 available at https://dphhs.mt.gov/Portals/85/suicideprevention/CAST-S2017.pdf
- Indian Health Services suicide prevention resources are available at https://www.ihs.gov/forpatients/healthtopics/suicideprevention/
National Suicide Prevention Resources
VISIT: the National Suicide Prevention LifelineCrisisChatwebpage
Mental Health Services
- Montana Mental Health Centers list available at https://dphhs.mt.gov/amdd/substanceabuse
- Medicaid and Public Mental Health Services for Adults available at https://dphhs.mt.gov/amdd/mentalhealthservices
- Children's Mental Health Bureau available at https://dphhs.mt.gov/dsd/cmbhttps://dphhs.mt.gov/dsd/cmb/childrensmentalhealthservices
- *According to the 2019 Montana Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 37% of students felt so sad or hopeless almost every day for two weeks or more in a row that they stopped doing usual activities.
- County Mental Health Resource Guides available at: https://namimt.org/montana-county-mental-health-resource-guides/
- Mental Health Services Bureau Programs and Contacts available at: https://dphhs.mt.gov/amdd/substanceabuse
- –Pdf. List available at: https://dphhs.mt.gov/Portals/85/amdd/MSHBProgramContacts.pdf
- Montana Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) available at: http://www.namimt.org/
- MSU Extension Health and Wellness available at: http://www.msuextension.org/wellness
- Indian Health Services Mental Health Services and resources available at: https://www.ihs.gov/mentalhealth/https://www.ihs.gov/mentalhealth/resources/