About one in 20 (5.23 percent) Montana teens aged 12 to 17 have reported non medical use of a prescription pain reliever at least once in the past year. That puts Montana squarely in the middle of the states at 25th in terms of rate of use in the country, and very close to the national average of five percent. Source 

Teens pick up on family attitudes toward drug abuse and misuse.  When students were asked how wrong they thought their parents would feel it would be for them (the students) to use prescription drugs not prescribed to them, 83 percent of Montana twelfth-graders responded ‘Very Wrong,’ with another 16 percent responding ‘Wrong’ or ‘A little big wrong. Source 

It’s not just young people who are at risk.  Almost four percent of Montana adults ages 18 and older have admitted to the nonmedical use of a prescription pain killer in the past year.  While that is the 11th lowest state use rate overall, 359 Montanans adults died from prescription drug only overdoses between 2011-2013. Source and source

The link between prescription narcotic painkiller abuse and subsequent and/or simultaneous heroin abuse continues to grow.  Now across the country 80 percent of “recent heroin initiates had previously used prescription opioids non-medically.” Source 

From 2011 – 2013 prescription drug overdoses (where no substances other than Rx drugs were present) were responsible for at least 369 deaths and more than 7200 hospital inpatient admissions and emergency department encounters in Montana (Montana Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Epidemiology and Scientific Support). Source 

More than five percent of Montana teens ages 12-17 reported having used a prescription painkiller for a nonmedical purpose in the past year. That number rises to nearly ten percent (9.36%) among young adults ages 18-25. (2012-2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health). Source 

More than five percent of seventh and eighth graders, and nearly 16 percent of all Montana high school students have taken a prescription drug they did not have a prescription for at some point in their lives. That number rises to 19.6 percent for high school juniors and seniors. 2015 Montana Youth Risk Behavior Survey) Source 

Nearly 70 percent of prescription painkiller abusers get their drugs from a friend or family member, and most get them for free (2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.) Source 

While many parents (34 percent) believe there is little they can do to prevent their kids from trying drugs other than alcohol, parents are actually one of the most important sources that teens need to hear from about avoiding drugs.  In fact, kids who learn a lot about the risks of drugs at home are at least 20 percent less likely to use drugs than those who do not hear that critical message from their parents. (The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study: Teens & Parents 2013) Source