01.25.18

Daines Pushes for Strengthened Law Enforcement to Combat Meth Crisis

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing on the shipment of drugs through the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), questioned witnesses about the Postal Service’s shipment of methamphetamine in rural America.

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“Methamphetamine use has become an epidemic in Montana,” said Daines. “We must do more to protect the families and communities this terrible drug has torn apart by disrupting its distribution.”

Last week, the Flathead Beacon reported that a couple employed by the USPS in Polson, MT was caught distributing methamphetamine through postal shipments.

Methamphetamine Crisis in Montana:

  • Montana saw a 427 percent increase in methamphetamine violations from 2010-2015.
  • Methamphetamine cases make up the majority of the investigations conducted by Montana Narcotics Bureau agents, with 232 of the 432 cases (54%) between 2010 and 2015 involving meth.
  • 46% of children’s out-of-home placements with Montana’s child protective services agency that have parental substance use indicated involve meth, more than double the rate of any other drug.
  • There are 11 drug task forces in Montana, all reporting methamphetamine as the primary drug encountered.

Daines Actions to Combat Meth Crisis:

On December 21, 2017, Daines introduced bipartisan legislation, the Mitigating the Methamphetamine Epidemic and Promoting Tribal Health Act, or the Mitigating METH Act, to combat methamphetamine use across Montana and strengthen Indian tribes’ ability to fight this epidemic.

On October 18, 2017, Daines met with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, and discussed the importance of combatting meth abuse and securing the Northern border and Southern border.

On July 27, 2017 Daines met with White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Acting Director Richard Baum on ways to combat the growing problem of methamphetamine in Montana.

On June 5 2017, Daines introduced bipartisan legislation to curb methamphetamine’s devastating impact on Montana’s child welfare system. It would allow a child to benefit from federal foster care support payments while placed with a parent in a licensed, residential, family-based treatment facility so that parents can recover from meth use and children are kept safe. 

 

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