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Prescription drug abuse: New laws focus on prevention


Most Montanans would be shocked to see yellow crystals of meth and a glass pipe on a neighbor's kitchen counter. But they wouldn't think twice about seeing an orange bottle of painkillers such as hydrocodone or oxycodone.

Yet prescription drugs contribute to more than 300 deaths in Montana each year –

nearly a death a day – while methamphetamine killed 20 in 2008.

That's why the state Legislature passed two bills last week to combat the growing abuse of prescription drugs. Both bills need approval from the governor...

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