Bozeman art exhibit tackles prescription drug abuse


BOZEMAN, Mont. - An art exhibit opens in Bozeman inspired by Montanans affected by prescription drug abuse.

"Bitter Pill: Montana Lives Affected by Rx Abuse" will hold an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bozeman Elks Lodge, 205 Haggerty Lane, on Friday.

The exhibit runs until April 5.

"The exhibit is a collection of artwork donated by survivors of prescription drug addiction that expresses the struggle, loss and extreme cost of abuse," said Molly McKinney, of the Gallatin County-City Health Department.

The goal of the exhibit is to start a positive community conversation about the problem of prescription drug abuse from perspectives of those most affected, McKinney said.

Exhibit hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. It is free and open to the public.

In addition, the health department has launched an online petition to help end prescription drug abuse in Montana.