NEWS

The National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Countering the U.S. Opioid Epidemic Special Publication 

February 3, 2022  

Five action-oriented priorities to support the need to collaboratively develop a harmonized interprofessional, person- and family-centered approach for the continuum of health professions education to more effectively address the opioid crisis.  

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

Beginning in March 2022, practitioners working in hospitals, clinics, and emergency rooms will be 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 24, 2022 - National Institute on Drug Abuse Virtual Workshop for Community Pharmacists “The Role of Community Pharmacies in Treating Opioid Use Disorder: Defining the NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Research Roadmap".

June 1-5, 2022 - 7th Annual American Pharmacists Association Institute on Substance Use Disorders Resources, information, and guidance regarding addiction education for pharmacists, student pharmacists, and the pharmacy profession . 

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 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.

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.