Frequently Asked Questions



How is the RAS funded?

The RAS is a non-profit funded through grants and donations.

How Can I Support the RAS?

You can support the RAS’s educational efforts by making a donation.  Simply click the “Donate Now” button at the top of the page.  This button will take you to the PayPal home page where you can select "Send" and enter the RAS email:  Then enter the amount you would like to donate. You can also support the RAS by assisting in setting up educational presentations for local schools, civic organizations, or other community events.

How can I share RAS materials and information?

All materials and information the RAS provides on this website are meant to be shared and distributed to promote awareness and prevention of prescription drug abuse. We aim to be transparent about our sources, but if you have any questions, please feel free to send us your questions through the form on our "Contact" page or by e-mailing us at:

What educational efforts has the RAS conducted or been involved with?

The RAS has participated in educational, statewide telecasts as part of conferences on substance abuse awareness. The RAS also hosted two conferences on prescription drug abuse awareness at the University of Wyoming. In addition, many of the RAS members have given individual presentations on various aspects of prescription drug abuse throughout the state.

How does the RAS promote community awareness and education?

The RAS promotes community awareness and education through educational conferences, presentations, brochures, and this website.  If there is a way the RAS can promote awareness and education in your community, please let us know by filling out the form on our "Contact" page or by e-mailing us at:

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Wyoming Rx Abuse FAQs

How has the death rate from prescription drugs increased in Wyoming over the past 10 years?

Deaths related to prescription drug overdose have increased from 19 (2004-2005) to 96 (2014-2015).

Where does Wyoming rank nationally in overdose death rates due to prescription drugs?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of 2015, Wyoming ranks 23rd for age adjusted drug overdose deaths in the United States with 16.4 deaths per 100,000 and 96 deaths total.

How many prescription drug related poisonings were the primary diagnosis and how many were accidental poisonings?

In 2014, prescription drug related poisonings as the primary diagnosis occurred at a rate of 123.5 per 100,000 hospital discharges according to the 2015 Wyoming State Epidemiological profile.  Prescription drug related poisonings as the secondary diagnosis occurred at a rate of 50.7 per 100,000 hospital discharges. 

What is the primary substance of abuse?

In 2013-14, the non-medical use of prescription pain relievers was one of the top five substances of abuse for people 12  to 25 years of age according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health. 

How many deaths are related to prescription drugs?

In 2015, there were 46 deaths with prescription drugs as a contributing cause of death according to Wyoming Vital Statistics data.

What is the rate of non-medical use of prescription drugs?

In 2014, Wyoming had a self-reported rate of 3% of non-medical use of prescription drugs in the past year among 12th graders according to the Wyoming Prevention Needs Assessment.

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