State strug­gles to cope with meth surge

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

Metham­phetamines con­tinue to make an alarm­ing surge in Mon­tana, as law en­force­ment, health of­fi­cials and com­mu­ni­ties strug­gle to ad­dress the prob­lem.

Pan­elists at a drug sum­mit con­vened Satur­day by the Mon­tana leg­is­la­ture said re­sources are be­ing strained be­cause of a widen­ing preva­lence of the drug.

While au­thor­i­ties try to stanch the flow of meth from Mex­i­can car­tels into the state, courts are bur­dened by a grow­ing vol­ume of drug cases. Fam­ily ser­vices are also strained by drug-re­lated cases that are tear­ing fam­i­lies apart. And drug clin­ics are hard­pressed to serve an in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion of meth users seek­ing treat­ment.

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