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Prescription drugs are made to help you, but when used incorrectly they can lead to serious issues such as drug abuse.

The executive director of Gateway Community Services says prescription and over the counter drug abuse is a dark presence for many families in Montana.

"There is a lot of misuse as well as abuse of prescription chemicals. A lot of people tend to think that a doctor gave it to me, so its ok. That's a hard belief system to crack," said executive director, Mary Ann Dubay.

Dubay adds that today's culture helps feed those with addictions,"Fighting that cultural stigma of have a pain take a pill that we all are challenged with."

Attorney General Tim Fox and 41 other attorney generals are fighting drug abuse after sending a letter to the Food and Drug Administration this week asking the FDA to require tamper resistant bottles for all prescription pain drugs. While Gateway supports this effort...

"Anything that we do would be helpful certainly," says Dubay.

They don't want people to forget the ugly reality of addiction.

"I don't know that it would have a huge impact. May be a little bit of a barrier, may be another hoop to jump through, but I know through experience with addictions that they are very resourceful in terms of retaining the drug if they really want it," says Michelle Vallie, a Gateway counselor.

Gateway says in addiction treatment you have to do the work but you don't have to do it alone since reaching out for help is the first step.

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