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Wyoming News

Wyoming Medication Donation Program and Medication Drop-Off Locations

Don't let unused medication go to waste. Consider contributing to the Wyoming Medication Donation Program or safely dispose of unused medications at a location near where you live &/or work. The donation program provides immediate prescription help by re-dispensing acceptable donated medications and provides advice on lower-cost options.  Disposing or donating unused medications is an important step in the prevention of prescription drug abuse, misuse, and accidental poisonings. 

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Wyoming Opioid Epidemic Information

The Wyoming Department of Health provides a portal to access 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.

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Fentanyl Burden Growing in Wyoming

The Wyoming Department of Health, in coordination with Governor Mark Gordon, is sharing important information about fentanyl and similar drugs with Wyoming residents as overdose deaths connected to synthetic opioids rise in the state and across the country. Learn more about action steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved one.

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The Wyoming Department of Health Receives a Grant for Narcan®

The grant provides free Narcan® to agencies, businesses and organizations in Wyoming that may be in position to help people who are experiencing an opioid overdose. The effort is being funded through the State Opioid Response Grant from the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Additional information about important rules, specific program requirements and ordering details to obtain this life saving medication are available by following the "More Information" link below.

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Medication Assisted Treatment Services in Wyoming

The Wyoming Department of Health Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Services provides information about connecting with high-quality mental health and substance use treatment services in communities across Wyoming. Learn what resources are available in your community, as well as nationally.

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Wyoming Department of Health - Resources for Suicide Prevention

The Wyoming Department of Health's Injury & Violence Prevention program provides an online chat, information on county Community Mental Health Centers, suicide survivors and lived experience support groups, a suicide prevention guide, and much more on their website. Click on "More Information" below to link to their website.

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National News

Best Practices for Treating Children & Adolescent Dental Pain

Nearly 25% of the first opioid prescriptions for children and adolescents comes from dentists. Learn how treating dental pain in this patient population 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.

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Recent Trends in Mental Health & Substance Use Concerns Among Adolescents

Concerns about adolescent mental health and substance use have increased recently, particularly in light of gun violence and the COVID-19 pandemic. The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) explores the state of adolescent mental health and substance use in recent years. 

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Collaborative on Countering the  U.S. Opioid Epidemic Special Publication

The National Academy of Medicine created five action-oriented priorities to support the need to collaboratively develop a harmonized  interprofessional, person and family centered approach for the continuum of health professionals education to more effectively address the opioid crisis.

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DEA Commits to Expanding Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) 

Beginning in March 2022, practitioners working in hospitals, clinics, and emergency rooms were able to request an exception allowing them to dispense a three-day supply of medication-assisted treatments, including buprenorphine and methadone, to treat patients experiencing acute opioid withdrawal symptoms. 

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The Biden Administration's $1.5 Billion Funding Opportunity for State Opioid Response Grant Program 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), will provide a nearly $1.5 billion State Opioid Response (SOR) grant funding opportunity that will provide states and territories assistance to help address the Nation's opioid addiction and overdose epidemic. 

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Health and Human Services Healthy People 2030

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

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