NEWS

The DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in October 2021 Brings in Nearly 745,000 Pounds of Medications

November 22, 2021  

The take back event was held on October 23, 2021 at almost 5,000 collection sites.  

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.

EVENTS

December 9-12, 2021 - American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium  Join the 32nd annual meeting virtually.  

Click on the box to the right for more information.

January 31 to February 3, 2022 - CADCA's 32nd Annual National Leadership Forum This forum also includes the 18th annual Prevention Day hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services.

March 21 - 27, 2022 - National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will share facts about drugs, alcohol and addiction.  Click the box to the right for more information and to sign up for emails on planning tips and free resources.

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".

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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.