Wyoming Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Toolkit February 5, 2021

A collaborative effort between the Wyoming Department of Health and the Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center at the University of Wyoming. Funded through the Wyoming Grant to Prevent Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths, the website aims to provide resources for prevention workers and other stakeholders throughout the lifecycles of prevention efforts.

Wyoming Opioid Epidemic Information Portal

December 9, 2019 

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


June 1-4, 2021 - American Pharmacists Association Virtual Institute on Substance Use Disorders   Provides pharmacists, student pharmacists, and the profession with resources, information, motivation, and guidance regarding the implementation or strengthening of state and campus-level programs to help those in the profession whose competence to perform their responsibilities has become impaired due to chemical dependency or other causes.

June 10, 2021 - National Academy of Medicine Stigma of Addiction Summit  A half-day, virtual, action-oriented summit entirely dedicated to understanding, addressing, and eliminating the harmful impacts of stigma on people who use drugs.


DEA collects nearly 840,000 pounds of unwanted medications in the April 2021 National Prescritpion Drug Take Bake Day. 

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

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".


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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