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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.

Wyoming Opioid Epidemic Information Portal

December 9, 2019 

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

EVENTS

April 22-24, 2021 - American Society of Addiction Medicine Virtual Conference   70+ hours of CME/CE/MOC through 2 1/2 days of high-quality education, innovative topics, sessions, posters and supplemental virtual courses in a completely online platform. 

April 24, 2021 - DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day  Help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths by disposing of no longer needed medications safely at a local collection site. 

May 9-15, 2021 - National Prevention Week  Recognizing the important work that has been done in communities throughout the year to inspire action and prevent substance use and mental disorders.

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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