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KFF Health News - 'Fourth Wave' of Opioid Epidemic Propelled by Fentanyl and Meth

March 11, 2024

According to a Millennium Health Report, a so-called fourth wave of the opioid epidemic is characterized by the use of dangerous substances together - usually fentanyl with something else like methamphetamine.

NIH-supported study highlights increasingly dangerous illicit drug supply

May 20, 2024

According to a new study funded by the Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) law enforcement seizures of illicit fentanyl increased dramatically in number and size between 2017 to 2023 in the U.S.. The number of individual pills containing fentanyl was 2,300 times greater in 2023 compared to 2017. Click below to learn more.

Events

May 1-31, 2024 

National Mental Health Month 

Established in 1949, Mental Health Month raises awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children, families, and communities. Mental health is essential for a person's overall health. Prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can recover from mental disorders and live full and productive lives. For further information about National Mental Health Month and related resources and events click on "More" below.

July 14-18, 2024

CADCA's 23rd Annual Mid-Year Training Institute

Join industry leaders, federal partners, CADCA staff, master trainers, and coalition leaders to share cutting-edge strategies, best practices, and innovative solutions to make a lasting difference at the forefront of substance use and misuse prevention. Whether you're a seasoned professional or a passionate advocate, you can expand your knowledge, sharpen your skills, and network with like-minded peers.

Facts

DEA collected more than 599,897 pounds of unwanted or unneeded medications during the October 28, 2023 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Pharmaceutical fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, approved for treating severe pain, typically advanced cancer pain. It is 50-100 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. 

Governor Gordan's office hosts an educational webinar series addressing issues important to Wyoming's behavioral health system.

The Wyoming Department of Health and the Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center's Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Toolkit is a resource for stakeholders engaged in prevention efforts. 

Get Involved

In 2008, prescription drug overdose deaths in Wyoming were at an unprecedented and dramatic all-time high. The alarming number of deaths were impacting people of all walks of life, in every corner of our state. Unlike many other “street drugs” like methamphetamine & cocaine, prescription drug abuse was destroying and taking lives. Law enforcement, health officials, and many others were trying to understand the cause and how best to combat this emerging crisis. In response, a handful of stakeholders decided it was time to bring together the best expertise possible to help address this significant public health and safety issue. Since 2008, the Wyoming Rx Abuse Stakeholders (RAS) members from across Wyoming have gathered to discuss the origin & scope of the problem, prevention measures and solutions, education strategies, and tools and resources to curb this serious problem. Today, with the assistance of many people throughout the State, the RAS task force diligently continues their effort to protect the people of Wyoming from the real dangers of prescription medication abuse and misuse.

 

If you would like information about the RAS or are interested in joining the task force, please click the link below to contact us.

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