NEWS

Launch of Wyoming Opioid Epidemic Information Portal

December 9, 2019 

Opioid information provided by the Wyoming Department of Health specific to the state of Wyoming.  

DEA Releases 2020 Drugs of Abuse Resource Guide

April 14, 2020

A digital resource for law enforcement, practitioners and the public about the most commonly abused & misused drugs in the US.

  

COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

June 25, 2020  

People with opioid use disorder may be vulnerable to the COVID virus due to those drugs’ effects on respiratory and pulmonary health. 

SAMHSA's New Substance Abuse Treatment Location Website, November 18, 2019 

FindTreatment.gov has about 13,000 locations around to help people connect to treatment.   

EVENTS

Resources for Coping with COVID-19

Resources from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) about COVID-19 and strategies for coping with the stress it may cause.  

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) National Helpline for Mental &/or Substance Use Disorders

A free, confidential, 24/7, 365 day a year treatment referral and information service for individuals and families facing mental &/or substance use disorders.  Information is provided in both English and Spanish.

1-800-662-HELP (4357)

THINGS TO KNOW

 

 

The "They Didn't Know" camapaign provides education on the many things teens and young adults should know about prescription drugs.

In Wyoming, a leading form of drug abuse in 12 to 25 year olds is prescription painkillers, like hydrocodone or oxycodone.

Many teens believe that prescription drugs are actually “safer” and less addictive than illegal street drugs.

Non-medical use of prescription stimulants for cognitive enhancement poses potential health risks such as addiction, cardiovascular events & psychosis.

"They Didn't Know"

Here are some important facts YOU should know about:

 

  • On October 26, 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared the opioid crisis a national emergency.

  • A person who takes a controlled  prescription medication that was not prescribed for them by a medical professional can potentially be fined or put in jail.    

  • Teens and college students sometimes misuse stimulants to try to get better grades, and older adults misuse them to try to improve their memory. Taking prescription stimulants for reasons other than treating ADHD or narcolepsy could lead to harmful health effects, such as addiction, heart problems, or psychosis.

  • Non-medical use of stimulants for cognitive enhancement poses potential health risks, including addiction, cardiovascular events, and psychosis.

Be in the know, and find out more about prescription and opioid abuse and misuse by following "They Didn't Know".

OPIOID IMPACT

The rise in deaths due to prescription drugs is alarming.  Click on the map to the right to find statistics on how various counties and zip codes compare to each other in the rate of opioid prescription drug claims.   You can also compare county and zip code opioid prescription drug claim rates to their state and national rates.

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