Drug crisis hits close to home in Montana

BOZEMAN – As the opioid crisis and drug epidemic deepen nationwide, we’re feeling the effects right here in Montana.

So far this year, law enforcement in southwest Montana have seized nearly 35,000 grams of drugs, ranging from marijuana to meth to prescription drugs. They’re already on track to surpass last year’s seizures of close to 45,000 grams.

The rise in drug seizures are concerning for more reasons than one. Law enforcement say they’re seeing the price of drugs go down, the amount of drugs per buy going up, and perhaps most dangerously: the potency of the drugs increasing.