Pence to travel to Montana to discuss meth crisis

Pence to travel to Montana to discuss meth crisis
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Vice President Pence will travel to Montana next week to discuss the state’s methamphetamine crisis.

“Montana has a crisis on its hands. Mexican meth is pouring into our state and tearing our families and communities apart,” Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesFallout from Kavanaugh confirmation felt in Washington one year later Conservatives offer stark warning to Trump, GOP on background checks The 23 Republicans who opposed Trump-backed budget deal MORE (R-Mont.), who will travel with Pence, said in a statement. “I’ve been fighting hard to tackle this growing issue all over our state and I’m very grateful to welcome Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump warned Turkish president not to be a 'fool' ahead of Syria offensive READ Trump's letter to Erdoğan: 'Let's work out a good deal!' Erdoğan confirms he will meet with Pence after initial confusion MORE to Billings next week to continue this fight.”

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“Together with the Trump Administration and folks all over Montana, we must win this fight for our great state.”

Pence will join Daines Wednesday at the RiverStone Health Clinic for a briefing from the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDAT) and the Yellowstone Substance Abuse Coalition.

Daines is currently crafting legislation to address the rise in drug-addicted births in Montana and fight for increased funding for federal programs that address the crisis.

The Montana Department of Justice found last year a 375 percent increase in methamphetamine found in postmortem cases from 2011 to 2017 and a 415 percent increase in methamphetamine found in controlled substance cases over that same period. 

“The State Crime Lab’s annual report confirms what we already knew:  Montana is in the midst of a substance abuse crisis,” Attorney General Tim Fox said at the time. “The report reflects astronomical increases in methamphetamine and heroin offenses.”

“Clearly, our communities can’t wait a minute longer for efficient and effective policies to be found.”