NEWS

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.  

EVENTS

July 27-28, 2021 - National Alliance on Mental Illness Virtual NAMICON Conference  A virtual conference, "Bringing People Together for Mental Health. The Time is Now".  The conference is dedicated to uplifting, empowering and informing the mental health community with resources, research and support.

August  13-15, 2021 - National Conference on Addiction Disorders - Denver, CO  In the midst of the national opioid epidemic, addiction treatment is undergoing unprecedented changes. This conference brings together professionals of all types for networking, continuing education, and important dialogue. 

THINGS TO KNOW

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".

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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