Craig’s Story: From Montana Meth Project To Spitting On Teens In Missoula

by Travis Mateer

In March of 2016, I wrote about how the Montana Meth Project was persisting as an organization despite its obvious failures to reduce meth use through its infamous ad campaigns.

A Democrat Governor by the name of Brian Schweitzer seemed to acknowledge this failure when he slashed financial support, but our next Democrat Governor, Steve Bullock, felt differently, and I’m sure it had nothing to do with his wife being on the board.

Here’s a quote from the Missoula Independent’s reporting at the time:

A 2008 study published in Prevention Science determined the Meth Project’s tactics actually led to “increases in the acceptability of using methamphetamine and decreases in the perceived danger of using drugs.” The study also accused the Meth Project of cherry-picking its data to seem more successful, considering that Montana teen meth use, as reported by the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, had already been decreasing since 1999. In light of the criticism, then-Gov. Brian Schweitzer used his line-item veto to slash public funding to the Meth Project.

Despite the drug’s resurgence within the state in the last few years, the Meth Project continues to claim credit for spreading awareness about its dangers and reducing first-time use. In 2015, the Montana Meth Project celebrated “10 years of unselling meth.” The project’s current activities are a shadow of its heyday, but it’s still running active social media campaigns and contests, like this year’s “Life or Meth” video submissions competition. It reported about $260,000 in income on its 2014 tax return, almost entirely from private contributions. First Lady Lisa Bullock is listed as a member of its board of directors.

The Montana Meth Project kept at it and, in 2017, featured Craig Headdress telling parts of his story on their website. Here’s a quote from a NBC Montana article were Headdress is quoted:

One of the videos includes a testimonial from Thursday’s speaker, Craig Headdress.

“I was so out of control and if I didn’t stop using, I wouldn’t be here today telling my story. I’d probably be dead,” Headdress said.

Now three years clean, Headdress says a campaign like the Montana Meth Project’s could have changed his battle and his life.

“I don’t want these young kids to live the nightmare that I lived,” he said.

Here’s what Headdress looked like back when the Montana Meth Project was taking him around to high schools, pimping his story for donations.

And here’s what Craig Headdress looks like now in his mugshot after spitting on several teens last Sunday afternoon before threatening them with a knife and triggering a BIG police response, including SWAT.

Here is KGVO’s report on what transpired between Craig Headdress and local teens before the 911 call brought a heavy police response to the neighborhood:

At around 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Missoula Police Department officers were dispatched to the intersection of Hickory and River Street. It was reported that a male was threatening pedestrians with a knife around that area. Detectives interviewed the pedestrians, who were four boys ranging in age from 16 to 19 years old.

One of the pedestrians, identified as A.M, said he was playing a game with his brother when a male with a leashed pit-bull walked up to them and spat in their direction. A.M. saw the spit land between his brother’s legs. A.M. asked the male why he spat at them and the male replied by spitting in A.M.’s face.

A.M. then informed the male he was going to call the cops. The male replied by taking out a knife and stating, “I’m going to stab you.” One of the other four boys also heard the male say “I will end you.” Detective Lieutenant Eddie McLean explains.

I know this might come as a shock to those who mistake social media for reality, but it takes more than online social media campaigns to address issues like addiction. Of course, when there’s money to be made through donations, and politicians around to bask in the unwarranted credit, organizations like the Montana Meth Project will continue to exist to suckle money and make bullshit claims about their effectiveness.

To bolster its own profile, MMP features a list of the 25 BEST GIVERS at its website. The top givers, according to MMP, are Bill and Melinda Gates. Number eight is Bill Clinton. Number twenty one is Oprah. And finishing up this fascinating list of the BEST GIVERS is…wait for it…GEORGE SOROS!!!

Four years ago Craig Headdress had a personal narrative that non-profit exploiters at MMP saw value in, so they used him for it. Now he’s got a neck tattoo and a hopeless demand to be shot and killed by law enforcement.

Great work, Montana Meth Project! How did we ever manage to cope without your amazing ability to create ad campaigns for social media and board positions for the wives of Governors?

Thanks for reading.

About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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8 Responses to Craig’s Story: From Montana Meth Project To Spitting On Teens In Missoula

  1. TC says:

    Lets predict….. in a few days he will be released (cause drugs are victimless/diversion/ equality/dot/dot/dot). He will then be homeless so will be given placement at our new “legal” campsite. He will not be vetted/no questions asked (too stigmatizing). After a couple weeks and multiple emergency responses (despite camp being “alcohol/drug free”) he will be shot by law enforcement. Then the community will weep, ask how this happened and demand that we defund the police.
    Then we will rinse and repeat.
    Who could ever see this coming (I mean other than anyone who is a realist)?

  2. webdoodle says:

    The reason the pedophile Bill’s and George Soros invest in ‘addiction recovery programs’ is so that they can identify, analyze and eventually weaponize addicts for psyop purposes. Tripping addiction cycles is a trigger to activate narcissistic personality disorder in people, often pushing them into becoming a ‘flying monkey’. Social media is being used by these fear mongers to turn people into narcissists, which are the most vulnerable to this. See the documovie Social Dilemma for more info on this.

    Also, watch today’s Russell Brand Rumble video: Fake News Mk2 – “We Decide What’s Misinformation!!”. More Synchronicity.

    • If that’s the case, they are remarkably incompetent at it. For less money, they could hire mercernaries to kidnap 45 or 50 strung out meth heads and to keep the tweek going for as long as their weaponized tweakers keep up the havoc and mayhem.

      Is it dark, or lit, down that rat hole, webdoodle?

  3. JC says:

    Let,s not forget that MMP wouldn’t exist if not for the Siebel Foundation’s starting it as a vehicle for billionaire Tom Siebel to use as an exploratory launchpad for a republican senate campaign. He and MMP made exploiting people like Headdress for their own uses a priority. It’s not just the liberal funders at fault here.

    And TC, let’s not predict Headdress’s future. Any addict can get clean, be held accountable for their crimes and become respectable members of society again. Headdress is as much a victim of MMP as he is of his addiction and it’s contributing factors. And of all the other myriad reasons we have burgeoning homeless and addicted crises.

    • There’s nothing more bipartisan than money. That’s why nothing ever happens at the state level when it comes to abuses of tax increment financing. Or, to put it more poetically, Siebel and Soros sitting in a tree, K I S S I N G!

  4. webdoodle says:

    My previous comment didn’t show up, so I tried to repost it, and now it says a duplicate was detected. Is it stuck in a moderation queue?

  5. The War on Drugs has always operated this way. The classic work on this is Licit & Illicit Drugs, by Ed Brecher, published in the 70s by Consumers Union, which detailed the manner in which entire drug menaces were manfactured and nurtured by such campaigns. Glue sniffing was a rare thing until the MMP types got hold of it and almost single-handedly launched a trans-national epidemic of bag huffers. Consumers Union was pushing for all-out legalization of several drugs, invluding of fourse weed, as well as LSD. Great read, 50 years later, though long out of print. I had lunch with Brecher in ’77 at the National NORML Conference in DC. He was in his early 70s then and had all these 20-something women hanging with him. Turns out he was doing “field work” for his next book, ‘Licit & Illicit Sex’ but unfortunately he suffered a fatal heart attack before completing a manuscript.

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