NEWS

The Biden Administration Announces $1.5 Billion Funding Opportunity for State Opioid Response Grant Program June 6, 2022  

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will provide a nearly $1.5 billion State Opioid Response (SOR) grant funding opportunity that will provide states and territories assistance to help address the Nation’s opioid addiction and overdose epidemic. 

DEA Commits to Expanding Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) March 30, 2022

Beginning in March 2022, practitioners working in hospitals, clinics, and emergency rooms are able to request an exception allowing them to dispense a three-day supply of medication-assisted treatments to treat patients experiencing acute opioid withdrawal symptoms.

EVENTS

May 18 - July 15, 2022 - HHS' 1st Ever Behavioral Health Recovery Innovation Challenge The goal of this challenge is to identify innovations developed by peer-run or community-based organizations, and entities that may partner with them that advance recovery. The purse prize is up to $400,000. The deadline for submissions is July 15, 2022. The judging period takes place from July 15th to August 5th & finalists will be announced on August 6th.

July 17-21, 2022 - CADCA 21st Annual Mid-Year Training Institute This training institute offers in-depth, interactive training sessions geared specifically for community coalition leaders and staff. It also includes two levels of training for the National Youth Leadership Initiative (NYLI) activities

August 31, 2022 - International Overdose Awareness Day  A a global event held on August 31st  each year to remember those gone too soon from overdose deaths.

THINGS TO KNOW

DEA collected more than 720,000 pounds of unneeded medications in the April 2022 National Prescritpion Drug Take Bake Day. 

From 2018 to 2019, the largest increase in death rates involving synthetic opioids occurred in the West (67.9%).

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

The Wyoming Department of Health & the Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center's Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Toolkit. A resource for stakeholders engaged in prevention efforts.

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".

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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.