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Montana Meth Project Statement Regarding Billings Gazette Story
Date:7/6/2009

Human Services.(5)
  • According to the Montana Attorney General's office, the costs associated with Meth in Montana peaked at $300 million in 2005 and has decreased steadily over the past three years to approximately $200 million in 2008.(6)

  • The assessment of usage and other behavioral trends requires a complete view of all the data available, not selective data. The Montana Meth Project reviews a broad range of trend data to provide an accurate assessment of the changes, in all areas, since the launch of the Montana Meth Project in 2005. Key usage indicators are the CDC's YRBS, Quest Diagnostics workplace drug testing data, treatment admissions rates, and Board of Crime Control Crime Lab data.

    Mr. Kemmick's article extensively references David Erceg-Hurn, an Australian psychology student who has been critical of the Montana Meth Project. Mr. Erceg-Hurn has never contacted or spoken with any representatives from the Montana Meth Project or the researchers familiar with the Project, and has never sought clarification or additional information on any of the questions raised in this and other news stories. He has not responded to repeated requests to engage in dialogue about his methods and assertions by experts and the Montana Meth Project. Nor has he spoken to public officials in Montana about data released by the state's public health and criminal justice agencies. Mr. Erceg-Hurn has not done research in Montana, and has no familiarity with the methamphetamine problem this state faced prior to the launch of the Montana Meth Project.

    The Montana Meth Project is grateful for the widespread support it has received from the citizens and teens of Montana for the past four years. We are proud to have worked closely with leaders in federal and state government, with law enforcement and public health officials, the business community, v
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