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Best Practices for Treating Children & Adolescent Dental Pain

Nearly 25% of the first opioid prescriptions for children and adolescents come from dentists.  Learn how treating dental pain in children and adolescents can be done without the use of opioids.  Read about the research that has been done in this area and how it can impact best practices in dental care.

Naloxone Access in Wyoming

Resource Added, June 5, 2018

Information from the Wyoming Department of Health on how to respond to an opioid overdose.  Resources include how to obtain naloxone for first responders, individuals, organizations and agencies, such as law enforcement.  The Department of Health also provides information on how to report naloxone use and register for training to use naloxone.

Locate a Prescription Drop-off Box Near You

Resource Updated, May 21, 2018

Follow the following link to a great resource for every member of the Wyoming community to safely dispose of or donate unused medications. To take a step toward the prevention of prescription drug abuse, use the map to locate the prescription drop box nearest you or learn how to donate acceptable medications.  

You can also text your county name to 307-370-2086 for directions to the nearest donation site or drug disposal box.

Resource Added December 2019

The Wyoming Department of Health information portal provides access to several resources in Wyoming related to the opioid epidemic.  Information provided includes drug take-back sites, naloxone retailers, drug treatment facilities, mental health and substance abuse providers, plus much more.

The portal provides information at both a state and national level.  Interactive maps provide quick access to information such as the nearest drug take-back site or drug treatment facilities.  Resources also include federal programs focused on providing education and assistance as it relates to opioid abuse and misuse.

Information on Naloxone Use

Resource Added, June 27, 2017

The CDC has reported that naloxone programs for drug users, their caregivers, and potential bystanders have reversed over 10,000 opiate overdoses from 1996 to 2010.  Due to the increasing incidence in deaths as a result of opioid overdoses, many states, including Wyoming, have passed legislation that will allow for increased access to naloxone.  Learn more about the legislation and how and when to administer naloxone by selecting the "Read More" button.

Wyoming Medication Donation Program

Resource Updated, December 15, 2016

Don't let unused medication go to waste. Consider contributing to the Wyoming Department of Health Medication Donation Program. Sealed, in-date medications are used to assist Wyoming residents who cannot afford their prescriptions. The Wyoming Medication Donation Program provides immediate prescription help by re-dispensing acceptable donated medications and provides advice on lower-cost options. For more information on the program follow the link below.

Medication Assisted Treatment Services in Wyoming

Resource Added, July 15, 2016

A new federal grant will help the Wyoming Department of Health expand “Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)” services to help meet the state’s growing need for effective treatment of prescription drug and heroin abuse.

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Health and Human Services Healthy People 2030

August 18, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2030, the nation's 10-year plan for addressing our most critical public health priorities and challenges.  This decade, Healthy People 2030 features 355 core – or measurable – objectives with 10-year targets, new objectives related to opioid use disorder and youth e-cigarette use, and resources for adapting Healthy People 2030 to emerging public health threats like COVID-19. 

Operation Prevention

Operation Prevention, December 4, 2018

Take the pledge to prevent opioid misuse.  The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Discovery Education have created a comprehensive, NO COST program to combat opioid misuse that is available in every school, home, and state in the nation.

White House Launches Website

White House, April 30, 2018

The White House created a website that addresses safe prescribing, illicit drug supplies, naloxone, access to treatment and much more.

FDA Approves First Medication to Reduce Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

NIH News Release, May 16, 2018

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) announced the approval of Lofexidine by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  It is designed to manage symptoms during opioid discontinuation.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Strategy to Combat Opioid Abuse, Misuse, and Overdose

HHS, October 1, 2018

A framework to end the opioid crises, which uses the best science and evidence to directly address this public health emergency.

Surgeon General's Spotlight on Opioids

SAMSHA, October 1, 2018

The Office of the Surgeon General released Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Spotlight on Opioids.  It provides updated data on the prevalence of substance abuse, opioid misuse, opioid use disorders, opioid overdoses, and related harms.

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