Montana Meth

Montana MethMontana Meth is a personal look at the physical and psychological damage caused by Meth, a particularly vicious drug, whose effects range from tooth decay, skin lesions, and paranoia to brain damage, convulsions, and death.

The filmmaker, Eames Yates, speaks with several addicts and recovering addicts whose lives have been crippled by this drug, including 16-year-old Graham, a former straight-A student and athlete reduced to a shifty-eyed dropout after one year of using meth; 22-year-old Crystal, whose life has fallen apart in the three years she has used the drug and 21-year-old Rhianna, who traded "hard sex" for meth before she stopped using a year ago.

Prominently featured is a member of the Chippewa Cree tribe known as "Weasel," a meth user for half of his 22 years who lives with his addict father and whose girlfriend had her two children taken away because of meth use. The cheapness and availability of meth - which one Montana tribal leader describes as an epidemic - is taking a huge toll on the local Native American population.

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Ratings: 8.88/10 from 68 users.

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45 Comments / User Reviews

  1. wald0

    This drug is in a class all its own. I know very few people that have tried it that didn't end up hooked and their lives destroyed. I have never seen a drug that damages users so badly, so quickly. But it is so easily made that I really don't know how they will stop it.

  2. princeton

    well, we all know prohibition causes more problems than it solves.
    I suggest more education for children and essentially more education for parents on how to raise children that don't end up with the need to get "high" or with a lower risk for addiction. i know for myself at least, it was subtle forms of emotional neglect which most likely caused this... the mind is complex, but works from fundamental principles.. which are well understood and the science is clear.

    all society's problems can end if we take it upon ourselves (us the people.. not puppet govts) to ensure that children get the best treatment and education (not prussian derived school indoctrination)


  3. wald0

    As an x-addict I would agree with you for the most part. My problem was low self asteem caused by the way my dad treated all us kids in part. I looked to music and pop culture, as well as my older brother, to see what was cool. That just happened to be drugs at the time I was a child so thats what I did, I used drugs to be cool and fit in. Later that turned to using to hide the way I felt about the consequences using to be cool caused. Then it simply turned to addiction, I had to use to operate. I managed to get clean years ago and got to go on to get an education and have a decent life but, I wasn't addicted to meth. If I had of been addicted to this stuff as long as I was to opiates I think I would be dead or in prison. This stuff makes people psychotic after they have been awake and at full throttle for a few days straight. They become very dangerous and unpredictable. For those reasons I think it has to remain illegal, for the safety of those not doing it mostly. I don't like prohibition usually, it tends to create more problems than it solves- like you said- but in the case of drugs like meth, bath salts, PCP, etc. that pose a specific and identifiable threat beyond the usual drug to those not using we can't afford to make them legal- in my opinion. Some guy on bath salts in Miami just a few days ago chewed half a homeless mans face off before being shot and killed by the cops. They shot this man several times trying not to kill him and just make him stop but he wouldn't, so they killed him to save the man he was attacking eventually. They said each time they approached the man he growled at them and went back to his task, like some kind of animal. They also said this was only one of several similar but less gruesome incidents involving bath salts they had encountered in the past few months. I just can't see making something like that legal.

  4. dmxi

    a very powerful weapon & more lethal than H or charly,to diminish population!
    it's not about ethnical cleansing just good riddance of the poor!survivors will be locked away & exploited for the private sector!meth has the same effect in america like pouring a bucket of blood into shark infested water!

  5. Pysmythe

    Well, I already know I won't be able to sit through this one... I cannot abide seeing people do this kind of thing to themselves.

  6. dewflirt

    Yep, yuk! Seen enough of that in my time to last me. Not tempted at all :(

  7. mjnkhr

    very disturbing! really something to show kids to discourage doing drugs

  8. John Krisfalusci

    Ugh.. thats why these kind of drugs should be banned forever and set even harsher penalties. This goes for marijuana, cocaine, meth, heroine, lsd, shrooms, bath salts etc etc.. we just dont need these dangerous toxins .
    They are either ending up in jail, or dead or even worse with their faces eaten off..Trust me, we must educated the kids today because now its more important than ever!

  9. wald0

    Classifying marijauna with meth and bath salts makes no sense. Its not addictive, impossible to over dose on, and does not make anyone violent or desperate. LSD and shrooms are not addictive either, though they are some what dangerous if not respected or taken by the wrong person. In fact the war on drugs, no matter how dangerous they may be, has cost us ten times what it has been worth. It has fueled this prison economy that is now responsible for locking more people up than at any other time in any other modern country, and yet the drug problem runs rampant. Think man, don't just keep doing the same thing that clearly doesn't work. We have increased jail time and fines already, as well as adding all kinds of petty punishments like losing your liscense, the right to vote, so on and so forth. If you take someone thats twenty years old and ruin their life over some simple marijauna possesion or for tripping shrooms with their dorm buddies we have to deal with that person as a desperate, determined, and now prison hardened criiminal for another forty years or so. He can't get a job or an education anymore, he feels like an outcast already, so what do you think he will do? All over something he would have put down anyway if we had of left him alone, just like the vast majority of others that experiment with the lesser non-addictive drugs like this. Don't just apply some arbitrary rule across the board like that, use common sense!!

  10. John Krisfalusci

    Think about it, all the prisons in America are filled with marijuana or other drug related offenses, and almost all the addiction clinics in america are because of this same problem. Coincidence? I dont think so, this stuff probably causes cancer, premature death , higher crime rates and especially brain damage. Your logical argument here doesn't make sense because if we set even more harsher penalities and strict laws these drug addicts will simply stop using them. Statistics don't lie and these deadly drugs are illegal for a reason and lets keep em' that way.

  11. Renevonn

    I never liked the term "dope" when used to describe Cannabis, to me the word "dope" always meant methamphetamine and there's good reason to steer well and clear of it. I can't imagine being as whacked out on meth as some of these people have, I'll keep to the occasionally medicated cookie.

    Lysergic acid diethylamide #25, Cannabis, Salvia Divinorum, Dimethyltryptamine and Psilocybin were all great tools for me, really had a wonderful and interesting time experimenting with those, (By the way, Dimethyltryptamine occurs naturally in your brain :D) but I see no place in any rational society for substances such as meth or heroin and I'd much rather see them done away with all together.

    On the subject of addicts like those in the video, I implore people to not see them as criminals and undesirables but as people who are in fact very ill and they desperately need help. I don't particularly like using the terms "addict" or worse, "junkie" to describe anyone. They are people with serious mental, emotional and physical problems that need our help and if at all possible, some god-forsaken compassion from society. These humans need immediate medical attention, serious psychological counseling and they need some friends who honestly care about them, not about getting their next fix. Society would be greatly improved if we took all matters of private morals (hard drug use/drug use in general) out of police hands and regarded them as a public health problem.

  12. John Krisfalusci

    You're missing the point completely. LSD, marijuana, salvia or whatever, and Dime whatever and shrooms are ALL drugs which lead to addiction and that causes human misery, higher crime rates and even premature death. You are failing to realize that all of these are gateway drugs to even harder drugs like meth and crack and heorine. YOu need to realize this because its this huge factor that simple minded people forget, and then they become full time drug addicts waiting to steal or rob or even kill for more. Then as loyal tax payers WE have to pay more because of this. We simply do not need it and you should understand by now... Shame on u for even doing these kind of harmful drugs really...

  13. alans

    These are always fun to watch, although a bit old though, 2007

  14. Wendy Russell

    You are trying to "dignify" cannabis drenevonn. You are a dope.

  15. Renevonn

    Pardon me sir, I am anything but simple-minded, we seem to have differing views here. I am also a tax payer and pay my bills on time.
    I do not treat the aforementioned substances I've experimented with as "drugs" to be abused to escape my reality. I treat them as "tools" by which I can use to explore the faculties of my own psyche. Therefore, I treat them with a great deal of respect and give careful consideration to as many of the potential outcomes as are foreseeable. I would make a case that alcohol on Friday night causes many more problems than the relaxed stoner who takes a bong rip once a week on his time off.

    By the way, I have never once tried "hard drugs" such as meth, heroin, pcp, ketamine, crack or cocaine nor do I have any inclination to do so despite my previous substance experience. I'm what you might call a "responsible substance-user" or if you prefer, a "psychonaut".

    Now, one of the points if not THE main point that we SHOULD take away from this film is not that "drugs are bad don't do them" because we've heard it over and over again sir, but that people need help, that should be our focus here. We need to help these people to the best of our abilities because Law Enforcement just isn't working. Our prison system obviously isn't enough of a deterrent, making the substance illegal as you are clearly in favor of has obviously failed to stem the problem and one could argue that it has made the problem worse.

    Being close-minded (as in willing to try something you know is obviously harmful; meth) about the dangers of hard-drugs is just as dangerous as being closed-minded about the reality of all substances available. These are not evil chemicals to be reviled, they are simply chemicals, to do with as we please. Some are harmful, regulate them, some are not so harmful, and there should be a discussion about them in the wider public forum. However, above all we must remember that there are people who require obvious help, and they deserve our first and foremost concern.

  16. Renevonn

    Not so, as I said "I" as in "I myself" had a great time, I'm not trying to dignify anything to anyone, simply stating my own unique case which will obviously differ from everyone else's. The point that I'm attempting to make is that we're paying far too much attention to the substances, and not enough to the people. Case in point, you focused on my part about other substances and had nothing to say about the bit I wrote of the addicts as seen in the video.

    Please of the sake of all of us, help the people first and deal with the cases of individual morals later.

  17. capdanks30

    I commend the mom at the end doing a 1 on 1.I have worked with behaviors for 26 years and it is HARD WORk.

    I think Doctor Phil would say to this mom you do it achieve success.You get him on the doctor phil show and then beg for a good treatment centre.

    Use this documentary and the chemicals in meth to show kids in public school the danger and let them visiting meth prisions to to talk to inmaates about the 1st try is the end. Teach kids...that.....METH = DEATH

  18. jms90

    All the anti-drug cops which speak to kids at schools across the nation, really ought to show real life examples such as this. It hits home far more effectively rather than listing potential side effects and consequences of using the drugs. I myself never tried meth, but I went through a spurt of drug experimentation during my teenage years that I really wish I could take back...

  19. DeAndre Miiler

    I trust weed over anything that comes in pill form. js/ I don't even take otc medications. In hard times it is pleasant to fade from reality and weed is just a light blanket to warm up a world so cold. Maybe if you viewed the world from my eyes for a day you'd understand. Say what you may but since the beginning of man. Heavy drug use has been a constant and will remain. The war on drugs is a joke. If it worked then why are our streets more so filled with dopers. All walks of human life are using and abusing drugs.

  20. DeAndre Miiler

    Your view on drugs is the exact reason why the population is at risk of being attacked by naked men and having their faces eaten off. Enjoy the drug raged monsters you propagate with your ideology.

  21. DeAndre Miiler

    I can't even watch all of this. All of this makes me sick. Boo on all of you.

  22. afkors

    Oh, what would we (other) humans do without you n your intelligence, dear drug users... We probably wouldn`t feel so superior. Make your own localy (divided from us) comunity n drug yourself freely so you can achieve "the meaning of life" n experience sth soooooo greatly, we sobbers "have never"...

  23. fhade

    You left out alcohol and nicotine...

  24. Sebastian Oxley

    Is this a mostly rural small town problem in America?

  25. Qb1T

    Your views have absolutely no merit to it whatsoever. They are utterly ignorant and laughable.

  26. Qb1T

    Cannabis doesn't need to be dignified. It already is. You on the other hand are sad excuse for a human being.

  27. zureal

    Don't forget alcohol.

  28. richard

    This **** is destroying the next generation of Americans. It is a truly sad situation. Treatment and progressive actions are a must in all these users lives. It will take years to get one's life together. But it can be done. I have seen the most brilliant minds and bodies destroy their lives with this ****! But with patience, resilience, hard work, doctor prescribed medication, therapy (accept whatever you can get) and striving for a positive attitude you can get off this poison.

  29. Satisfy

    bro.. sugar is a drug. everything is. intoxication is a way of human nature hand in hand with thirst and hunger. you are so uneducated on what those drugs you listed do to an individual. your view is just as bad as a drug user.

  30. Sherry Roberts

    The girl in this documentary is so pretty. I'm crushing. Hard.

  31. ShadowMan

    ...These people's faces seem quite well off, compared to the Meth faces I've seen on youtube clips! They show "Before & Now" faces, real ugly they look! This video is quite tame!

  32. Happtbirthdaysanta

    self respect goes along way... the body is a temple! drugs arent the problem drug abuse is the problem

  33. isatou1

    I know people take drugs because of various reason. but does anyone, ever stop and think............. whats going to happen to me, mybody my face my health BEFORE they actually do it. ive never tried anything and wouldnt be tempted to as is not the road to a glamorous life....

  34. Ramon Martensen

    The problems that cause drug epidemics are deeply inbedded in society. In the US there is a huge number of antidepressant users (those are also drugs) People in Western societies are taught that suffering should be eliminated efficiently. Thore is no time to deal with problems and suffering in the ongoing rat race. There is so much pressure from every site. People want to escape any problem by quick solutions. When you are out of a job or things go wrong the society doesn't offer you any help, but rather labels you as a looser. No wonder you seek refuge in the subculture of other 'losers' With all the consequences. Then the 'adults' that are supposed to be the representatives of the institutionalized support system are completely out of touch with the youth. They condemn any act of rebellious behaviour, only thinking in terms of good and evil, just putting moral labels on anything that is part of youthculture (I don't mean just the drugs, but rock and roll and the occasional drinking, basically anything that doesn't fit into their narrowed frames of what is expected--> being a jock, good student, etc) Again, no wonder that youngsters lock themselves up in their own subcultures, and because of the big gap there is no control anymore in what happens there.

    I did my share of drugs but I never even got close to addiction. Why? Because I found different forms of meaning in my life. But society is supposed to give people the chance to find their own meaning, and that is what wrong most of the times. Be a consumer, be popular, be godloving, be a ******* cheerleader waving your legs around for horny fretboys. Be artistic? Exploring the humand mind and its potency? Nooooo. That's just plain stupid.

    Every society gets the **** ups it deserves. Loosers only grow to be loosers because we marked what it means to be a winner.

  35. ron RommeL

    nothing in this universe is infinite. It seems so as it takes a full circle. same stands for any developed civilization. It reaps its own seeds of destruction by acquiring more and more and then further more. civilizations rise and fall. Its evolution. The most destructive and inevitable force affecting the biosphere of a planet. Thinking you are immune to it is kind of a falacy. Something somewhere will eventually go wrong. Let it go. An epidemic is called an epidemic for a reason. Maybe survival of the fittest is a simple terminology practically understood as the amputation of a civilization. An amputee is never the same again or strong enough as before and we again come to the same point of destruction of the most civilized civilization at their own hands. Im replying to you coz you had a point but it had no conclusion...

  36. sknb

    People whose mind is the product of the Drug War will never understand how Marijuana is a very different thing that any other drug. They simply won't get it.

    And then they'll go have a cocktail.

  37. littlewildthang

    what i found to be very interesting is that where i'm from; outside of chicago, meth isn't nearly as prevalent. i didn't go through highschool knowing or hearing of anyone using it, let alone even trying it even further out in the more 'rural' suburbs. i can't speak on behalf of the rest of the state, though.

    here you will find mostly potheads. there's also pill poppers here and there, cocaine, heroin and some rave scene drugs. crack but usually that"s if your closer to the inner city.

    i have heard it is a much bigger problem in the western states. i once heard a public service announcement while i was spending time in the southwest advising the dangers of meth. you wouldn't hear that on a chicago radio station, at least not yet.

  38. Patrick Hamilton

    It is sad to see how prevalent meth use has become.......but part of the solution is choking off the supply of pseudoephedrine that is necessary to manufacture the base pseudoephedrine, no meth......I dont have to much of a problem with marijuana, cocaine, heroin even.....but meth destroys on so many different levels. Those that import the pseudoephedrine from Mexico, or India, and those that produce the crystal meth......need to be locked up and the key thrown away.....

  39. Rick Barley

    that mum at the end is a real crazy bitch I'm not surprised that kid ended up a drug addict

  40. Tubeadream .

    I think that to erradícate drugs abuse in US; a prevention campain is more effective than just trying to catch the dealers.

  41. Megan

    Rest in Peace Graham

  42. Entertainmentluvva

    he died ?

  43. uwcb

    This is heartbreaking.

  44. molly

    his body was found in the missouri river back in February 2014. He had drowned

  45. Entertainmentluvva

    wow RIP

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