Montana Meth Project: “No Impact on Meth Use”


Following another peer-reviewed study suggesting that the Montana Meth Project “has had no discernable impact on meth use,” one has to wonder what it will take for proponents of the program to take a real look at what the program has accomplished.

Based on Bill Slaughter’s nearly incomprehensible response, it seems unlikely:

Slaughter criticized Anderson for using “percentage point declines” rather than comparing the rates of decline in usage between Montana and other states. Slaughter said the rate of decline in meth use in Montana went from 39 percent between 1999 and 2005, when the Meth Project was launched, to 63 percent from 2005 to 2009.
Although the rates of decline were similar in North Dakota and Wyoming during the earlier period, he said, their rates of decline were only 37 percent and 42 percent, respectively, from 2005 to 2009.
Anderson said Slaughter is simply wrong in saying he didn’t use rates of decline, and he questioned whether Slaughter had read the study.
“The whole study is based on comparing rates of change over time compared to other states,” Anderson said.

One would hope that the Montana Legislature and media will finally take a real look at continuing funding for the Montana Meth Project, but that seems as unlikely as expecting the MMP to use data to improve its work.

Countdown to “news” stories and editorials offering spirited defenses of the program begins now…

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.


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