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Keeping the message alive as Meth Art donated

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Alastair Baker
News Editor

Renee Nelson, U.S. Dept. of Justice Intelligence Research Specialist with the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) met with Warene Wall, Exalted Ruler of the Beartooth Elks Lodge, last week to donate an art piece from a statewide exhibit called ‘Bitter Pill: Montana Lives Affected By Rx Abuse.’
Nelson explained that each venue that had hosted the art show was given the opportunity to pick their favorite piece and have it donated to them.
It was a way of “continuing to educate community members” about the dangers of drugs said Renee.
The Elk’s Lodge chose a piece made by Nelson called ‘…And so it begins’ that depicts opioids honing in on a baby within a womb. Nelson explained that across the U.S. a baby is born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or an opioid dependency every 19 minutes. The drug withdraw suffered by these babies can last for several months and includes symptoms akin to those suffered by the first hand user. A neonatal nurse describes babies having tremors and screaming, some so much it is as “if their limbs are being ripped off.”
Also receiving a donated piece of art is the Carbon County Sheriff’s Department and the Carbon County Courthouse.
The art exhibition traveled over 4,000 miles, including Billings, Kalispell, Lewiston, Harve, and Glendive. It even went to the Minnesota, National Symposium, ‘Saving Lives, Innovative Solutions to the Opioid Crisis.’

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