NEWS

Wyoming Opioid Epidemic Information Portal

December 9, 2019 

Opioid information provided by the Wyoming Department of Health specific to the state of Wyoming.  

DEA Releases 2020 Drugs of Abuse Resource Guide

April 14, 2020

A digital resource for law enforcement, practitioners and the public about the most commonly abused & misused drugs in the US.

  

FDA Recommends Discussing Naloxone with All Patients When Prescribing Opioids, July 23, 2020

Naloxone should be considered when prescribing opioids or medicines to treat opioid use disorder.   

EVENTS

COVID-19:  Questions and Answers for People Who Use Drugs or Have a Substance Use Disorder   People who use drugs may have underlying medical conditions that put them at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.  This CDC website answers some of the questions and concerns people may have related to their risk.

COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders from NIDA

People with opioid use disorder may be vulnerable to the COVID virus due to those drugs’ effects on respiratory and pulmonary health. 

THINGS TO KNOW

 

 

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".

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.

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