Montana Rx: Unintended Consequences
Unintended Consequences takes you on a journey into the state’s struggle with tackling the prescription drug abuse epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Montana issued 82 painkiller prescriptions per 100 people in 2012. Join University of Montana journalism students as they explore Montana’s efforts to combat the epidemic in the most rural areas to the largest city in the state.
Travel to Browning, where a grandmother deals with her family’s addictions, and Billings, where a college student’s past tragedy fuels his activism. Along the way, people across Montana will show the unintended consequences of Rx addiction and the never-ending fight to stay sober.
Meet Montana’s specialists on the front line of the battle, who realize they must work together in order to progress towards a solution. They’ll show you what’s working and what’s not in Montana to curb Rx addiction.
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