Frequently Asked Questions
Wyoming Rx Abuse FAQs
How have death rates from opioids trended in Wyoming over the last several years?
The death rate from opioids has increased from 32 deaths in 2009 to 40 deaths in 2018 with the highest death rate occurring in 2014 with 52 deaths.
Where does Wyoming rank nationally in overdose death rates due to drug overdose?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Wyoming had a 9.28% increase in reported 12 month-ending count of drug overdose deaths from January 2021 to January 2022. The percent change for the United States was 9.3%. Wyoming went from 97 deaths in 2021 to 106 in 2022.
What is the primary substance of abuse that results in overdose deaths?
Nationally synthetic opioids are the primary cause of overdose deaths. 82.3% of opioid-involved overdose deaths were due to synthetic opioids. 74.8% of all drug overdose deaths involved an opioid. Drug overdose deaths involving psychostimulants such as methamphetamine are increasing with and without synthetic opioid involvement.
What changes have occurred in drug overdose death rates involving prescription opioids in Wyoming?
From 2019-2020 no significant changes were seen in the death rate involving prescription opioids in Wyoming. There was a 2.2% change from 2018-2019 which is not a statistically significant change.
What areas in Wyoming are experiencing the greatest number of overdose deaths due to opioids?
From 2017-2018 Casper, Cheyenne, Gillette and Sheridan were the cities identified by the Wyoming Vitals Statistics Services as having the most overdose deaths due to opioids.