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)

Fake/Counterfeit Prescription Pills Fact Sheet

Prescription Opioid Education and Awareness Toolkit Module 2: Prescription Opioids and Home Safety: Proper Storage & Disposal (PowerPoint)

Proper Use-Storage-Disposal of Precription Medications

For additional information on proper usage of prescription opioids:

Know The Risks And Side Effects Of Using Prescription Opioids

For additional information on proper storage of prescription opioids:

Medication Storage Information

Lock It Up, Medication Safety In Your Home

For additional information on proper disposal of prescription opioids:

Proper Ways To Dispose Of Unused Medications

Find a prescription drop box location in Montana

National Take Back Day

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***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


Overdose prevention:

Naloxone is a synthetic prescription opioid medication used to reverse a prescription opioid overdose.  There are 3 FDA-approved formulations available to Montanans:

  1. Injectable: professional training required
  2. 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.
  3. Nasal Spray: prefilled, sprayed into one nostril while patients lay on their back. *No professional training required

Naloxone Map-find a distributor in Montana

Naloxone Training Courses

Train to carry and administer naloxone and learn how to train others to carry and administer naloxone. 

Additional Naloxone Training Information (one-pager)

Montana Standing Order for Naloxone Opioid Antagonists

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.

Fake/Counterfeit Prescription Pills Fact Sheet

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.

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.  

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

VISIT: the National Suicide Prevention LifelineCrisisChatwebpage

Thrive for Montana

As a component of our 2018 SAMHSA project, the Thrive for Montana program was expanded.  FREE enrollment opportunities are available to adult Montanans!  What is Thrive? Thrive by Waypoint Health Innovations is a self-paced and confidential online program for people who want to take charge of their emotional well-being. The program is comprised of three modules that teach cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) skills that may help the user communicate more confidently, think more constructively, and do more activities that make them feel good.  

Thrive for Montana (an online emotional well-being program)--CLICK HERE FOR FREE ONLINE REGISTRATION