GREAT FALLS, MT – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the District of Montana U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Montana Attorney General’s Resolve Montana prescription drug abuse prevention initiative are proud to invite the public to view Bitter Pill: Montana Lives Affected by Rx Abuse, an art exhibition showcasing more than 40 original works from amateur and professional artists from across Montana. Two of these pieces were submitted by Great Falls-area residents: artist Melody Henrie’s photograph titled My Girl and artist Kim Kay C McCarty Martin’s clay sculpture titled Fighting Internal Battles.

Bitter Pill: Montana Lives Affected by Rx Abuse, is now open at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in the Mungus-Volk Gallery in Great Falls. (Photo Credit: Resolve Montana)

The exhibit is housed at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in the Mungus-Volk Gallery and includes both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works. The show is free and open to the public.

Many of the featured pieces in the exhibition powerfully depict the pain, struggle, feelings of hopelessness, and the empty void created through the abuse of prescription drugs. Equally compelling are the artworks that explore the ability of family and friends to provide help for the addicted without judgment, the blessing of second chances, the ability to break the cycle of prescription drug abuse to experience freedom from addiction, and the healing of wounds on the path toward recovery.

Bitter Pill: Montana Lives Affected by Rx Abuse will be on display in Great Falls through November 11. The exhibition will then travel to Havre, Box Elder and other communities in the following months. The show has already made stops in Billings, Helena, Missoula, Lewistown and Conrad in Montana, and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
To learn more about the Bitter Pill: Montana Lives Affected by Rx Abuse exhibit and Resolve Montana campaign, please visit ResolveMontana.org.