DHHS Pain Management Best Practices Report

August 26, 2019 

A federal inter-agency task force report on best practices for acute and chronic pain management.  

HHS Guide for Clinicians on the Appropriate Dosage Reduction or D/C of Long-Term Opioids

October 11, 2019  

Resources to help patients receive pain control while reducing the risk of addiction.   

SAMHSA's New Substance Abuse Treatment Location Website, November 18, 2019 has about 13,000 locations around to help people connect to treatment.   

Best Practices for Treating Children & Adolescent Dental Pain

August 6, 2019

Nearly 25% of the first opioid prescriptions for children and adolescents come from dentists. 



December 5-8, 2019

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry 30th Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium

Location: Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA

10th Annual National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week Events Registration

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) & The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) have opened event registration for National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week which will be observed March 30th through April 5th, 2020. 




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".


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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