Pence pledges help on meth, headlines fundraiser

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BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is pushing a combination of tough law enforcement and treatment for addicts to combat Montana's methamphetamine crisis.

Pence also planned to raise campaign cash for a fellow Republican, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, during Wednesday's trip to Billings. But first, the vice president heard harrowing tales of violence and child abuse linked to meth as he spoke with treatment providers, law enforcement and recovering addicts.

They stressed that meth is a far bigger problem in Montana than the opioids prevalent elsewhere in the nation.

Pence pledged the administration's support in confronting the issue.

He was to attend a private fundraiser for Daines at the offices of Lonewolf Energy. The oil company's founder, Talbert "Trent" Sizemore, has long been a financial supporter of Daines.