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The Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Program (SASPP) is located within the Public Health Division of the Wyoming Department of Health. The prevention focus areas of the SASPP include:
- Alcohol abuse (binge drinking, heavy drinking, underage drinking, etc.);
- Illicit drug use (heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana, etc.);
- Licit drug abuse and misuse (prescription pain killers, anti-depressants, cough medicine, etc.); and
The SASPP utilizes the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) model to fund evidence-based prevention activities on both a statewide and community level. This comprehensive and integrated approach is achieved through partnerships with law enforcement, community resource centers, and other valuable stakeholders.
The SASPP is a sister program to the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (TPCP). Under the Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment (SAPT) Block Grant that the SASPP manages, Wyoming is required to conduct Synar tobacco inspections every year. Synar requires retail inspections in an effort to restrict the sale of tobacco products to individuals under age 18. The Annual Synar Report (ASR) outlines the procedures, protocol, and survey process of these inspections. The ASR must be made public before submission to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the public is welcome to give feedback on the report. Wyoming FFY 2015 Annual Synar Report is the most recent ASR available.
Community Level Prevention
The SASPP currently funds community level prevention activities through the Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming (PMO). Community Prevention Specialists (CPS) work within each county with local coalitions to strengthen the prevention efforts around alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and suicide. For more information on the PMO, visit their website.