Other drug prevention primarily seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse as well as the use and abuse of marijuana. Please scroll down the page to view information pertaining to both of these topics.
Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention
A major initiative toward prescription drug abuse prevention has been the implementation of community prescription drug drop boxes. These are drop boxes that citizens can utilize to dispose of their unused prescription drugs.
Click here for a list of the existing prescription drug drop box locations throughout Wyoming.
Click here to obtain information on how to properly dispose of prescription drugs in your home.
Click here for a list of medicines that are safe to dispose of by flushing them down the toilet.
Prescription Drug Abuse Data
Wyoming has the 15th highest prescription drug overdose mortality rate per capita in the United States.
About 90% of prescription drug addictions start in the teenage years.
In 2011, 22% of U.S. 12th graders indicated misuse of a prescription drug without medical supervision in their lifetime, and 15% over the past year.
Almost 20% of Wyoming youth have taken a prescription drug (Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicoden, Codeine, Adderall, Ritalin, or Xanax) one or more times in their life without a doctor's prescription.
About 7% of Wyoming youth age 12 to 17 and about 10% of those 18 to 25 have used a prescription pain reliever in the past year for nonmedical use.
In 2010 almost 1 in 20 adolescents and adults – 12 million people – used prescription pain medication when it was not prescribed for them or only for the feeling it caused. While many believe these drugs are not dangerous because they can be prescribed by a doctor, abuse often leads to dependence. And eventually, for some, pain medication abuse leads to heroin.
Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Resources
Please visit the following websites for more information on preventing prescription drug abuse:
National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse (NCAPDA)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Vital Signs
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
The Medicine Abuse Project
NIDA for Teens
RX Safety Matters
Educate Before you Medicate
Must for Seniors
The Wyoming Department of Health aims to educate the residents of Wyoming about the adverse health effects that marijuana use has on adults and youth.
Marijuana is an addictive drug that has been shown to harm the physical and mental health of individuals as well as adversely impact normal brain development. While marijuana is not as addictive as heroin or tobacco, the addiction rate of those who have tried the drug are 1 in 11 adults and 1 in 6 adolescents.
In Wyoming, and nationally, marijuana use among 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students is higher than rates for any other illicit drug. Most Wyoming youth try marijuana for the first time between 15 and 16 years old, whereas the average age of initiation across the United States is 17.5 years old. In 2012, 16% of Wyoming 12th grade students, 13% of 10th grade students, and 7% of 8th grade students reported using marijuana within the previous 30-days.
Driving after marijuana use surpasses drunk driving. College and HS seniors who drove or rode with a driver after alcohol or marijuana use. Among college students, nearly 1 in 3 drove after marijuana use and nearly 1 in 2 rode with a driver who had been using marijuana. Among HS seniors 1 in 8 drove after marijuana use and 1 in 5 rode with a driver who had been using marijuana. The bar chart shows that 7% of college students drove after drinking alcohol and 31% drove after using marijuana; while 16% rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol and 45% rode with a driver who used marijuana. Among HS seniors, 9% drove after drinking alcohol and 12% drove after using marijuana; while 15% rode with a driver who had been drinking alcohol and 20% rode with a driver who used marijuana.
Marijuana Prevention Resources
To read some of the latest marijuana news and research, please visit the following websites:
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI)
Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM)
Wyoming Prevention Needs Assessment (PNA)
Wyoming Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)