BILLINGS, MT – The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and District of Montana United States Attorney’s Office, in partnership with Resolve Montana are pleased to announce a statewide call for entries for Bitter Pill: Montana Lives Affected by Rx Abuse, a contest and traveling art exhibit exploring prescription drug addiction and recovery.

The installation will make stops in Billings, Helena, and other yet-to-be-announced Montana cities in 2016. This competition is open to amateur and professional Montana artists of all ages and working in most mediums. The deadline for entries is February 26, 2016, and full submission guidelines and instructions are available HERE.

“The DEA is committed to fighting the scourge of prescription drug abuse in Montana through enforcement and education,” said DEA Resident Agent in Charge Joe Kirkland. “This project is an opportunity to use the forum of art to educate people of all ages of the dangers of prescription drug abuse.”

“Prescription drug addiction and recovery is an issue that some may be uncomfortable acknowledging or talking about,” said Montana Attorney General Tim Fox. “I believe artwork is a unique and impactful way to bring this issue to the forefront of discussion in our communities. Opening up the dialogue about medication abuse and its effects on our friends, families and loved ones will encourage us all to take action to prevent prescription drug abuse.”

A jury consisting of esteemed members of the Montana art and law enforcement communities, including Attorney General Fox, will select works best representing the effects of prescription drug abuse on individuals and the community.

Artists are competing for a grand prize of $500, which will be presented at the opening night reception on Friday, May 6, 2016 in Billings.