by Jon Bennion, Montana Standard, October 9, 2019
Two and a half years ago, Attorney General Tim Fox and I stood on the steps of the state Capitol with other lawmakers announcing a major long-term initiative to address the impacts of drugs (Aid Montana). Since then, our successes outnumber our defeats, and we are ready for the next phase to combat the addiction crisis in Big Sky Country.
On the success front, we can point to several victories in the areas of prevention, treatment, and enforcement. We led the charge on passing common-sense limitations on first-time opioid prescriptions, passed our bill on increasing funding to create new drug courts and expand existing ones, and we increased the number of state law enforcement officers who can assist local law enforcement agencies in combating drug trafficking.
After President Trump appointed Kurt Alme as U.S. Attorney for Montana and Rod Ostermiller as U.S. Marshal, we began an unprecedented era of collaboration. Our work together has halted the growth of violent crime in many parts of our state. The relationships between local, tribal, state, and federal partners have never been stronger. Continue reading the story here.