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.


September 2022 - National Recovery Month  A national observance to promote and support recovery, as well as support those who make recovery possible. 

September 23, 2022 - Recover Wyoming's 11th Annual Cajun Fest Fundraiser & Recovery Celebration Comedian Andy Gold will present at this fun and lively annual fundraising event. Cajun Fest will be held at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, WY. Get your tickets today!

October 7-12, 2022 NAADAC Annual Conference & 50th Anniversary Celebration Earn 45 addiction specific CEs & save big with the early bird discount if registered by August 26, 2022!

October 29, 2022 - National Prescription Drug Take Back Day  Find a location close to you to dispose of unused medication in a safe, convenient, and responsible way.  Also learn about the potential for abuse of medications.


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

Pharmaceutical fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, approved for treating severe pain, typically advanced cancer pain. It is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. Most recent cases of fentanyl-related harm, overdose, and death in the U.S. are linked to illegally made fentanyl.

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.

"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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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.