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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.

CDC Rx Awareness Campaign

Resource Added September 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched Rx Awareness, a powerful communication campaign featuring real-life accounts of people recovering from opioid use disorder and people who have lost loved ones to prescription opioid overdose.

The campaign aims to increase awareness and knowledge among Americans about the risks of prescription opioids and stop inappropriate use. Rx Awareness is CDC’s latest effort in the fight against the prescription opioid overdose crisis.

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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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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