One strategy to reduce opioid abuse is to avoid keeping medications in the home that are no longer needed.
The Wyoming Medication Donation Program, a Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) effort, accepts donations of certain medications and redistributes them to others who may need them.
The WDHhas also helped make drug disposal drop boxes available in each county. See the flyer below to learn more about local drug disposal drop boxes and drug donation sites!
Funding for such efforts is connected to a Strategic Prevention Framework, Partnerships for Success grant (SPF-PFS 2015) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). This five-year grant included targeting prescription drug abuse and misuse among youth (ages 12 – 15 years old).
The Wyoming Department of Health funds a community prevention grant program through a combined effort of the Substance Abuse and Tobacco Prevention Program and the Injury and Violence Prevention Program. Each County that receives community prevention funding has a Community Prevention Specialist (CPS) who works with local coalitions to strengthen the prevention efforts in their community. Their focus areas include opioid abuse/overdose prevention. For more information, visit this page.
The Wyoming Rx Abuse Stakeholders (RAS) advocates for the appropriate use of prescription medication by increasing awareness, providing education, and impacting policy in Wyoming. Visit the Wyoming Rx Abuse Stakeholders website for more information on prescription drug abuse training and education, current initiatives and opportunities to get involved.