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Alcohol, drug and suicide (combined) deaths per 100,000 people in 2017.
National Center for Health Statistics, CDC

A new analysis of the latest federal health statistics says that Montana had the second highest rates of deaths from alcohol in 2017, and substantial growth in its suicide rate that year as well.

Released Tuesday, the “Pain in the Nation Update” from the non-profits Trust for America’s Health and Well Being Trust says that when it came to growth in the number of deaths from drugs, alcohol and suicide combined, Montana and New Jersey led the nation in 2017. Each state saw a greater than 15-percent increase in such deaths.

The Solving Perinatal Drug and Alcohol Use Initiative uses a system of care made up of clinical and community teams that provide the patient with comprehensive primary care, behavioral health and social services.
Montana Healthcare Foundation

The state health department announced it's getting $5.6 million in grant funding to help pregnant women who are struggling with addiction or other behavioral health problems.

The health department's Jen Rieden says it can be hard for women to find treatment beyond basic pregnancy care outside of Montana's big cities. 

Eric Whitney

The number of people being held in institutions due to mental disorders in Missoula County has spiked by more than 30-percent in the wake of statewide budget cuts for social services.

Controversial wilderness and banking bills rile Montana's House and Senate elections; support — or lack of — for single payer health care could play a central role in the House Democratic primary; a new online poll shows President Trump remains much more popular in Montana than in the rest of the country; and pleas for campaign donations are ratcheting up as the June primary gets closer. Sally Mauk, Chuck Johnson and Rob Saldin discuss these stories and more, on this episode of "Campaign Beat." Listen in now.