Overdose prevention includes keeping ourselves and others safe when it comes to medicines and other substances. Having the right tools and knowledge can help people make informed choices and know what to do if something goes wrong.
Resources are listed below by audience type and include:
- Educational tools
- Specialized training and guidelines
- Community prevention strategies
- Current data
- How to connect with professional help
Resources for Parents
LINK: WY We Talk
Resources for Friends and Family
Prescription Drug Take-Back or Disposal Programs:
- Wyoming medication donation program
- FDA Drug Disposal
- DEA National Take Back Initiative Collection Site Search
- DEA Controlled Substance Public Disposal Locations – Search Utility
What an overdose looks like – benefits of having naloxone:
Who should consider having naloxone on hand?
Individuals who are concerned about the risk of an opioid overdose, including people who use prescription or illicit opioids, their family members, friends, caregivers, or concerned members of the public should consider having naloxone on hand. This allows individuals to have naloxone available to administer if they witness someone experiencing an overdose.
Resources for Professionals
Stigma Training and Resources:
- NIH – Words Matter – Terms to Use and Avoid When Talking About Addiction | CME/CE credits available
Opioid Clinical Prescribing and Guidelines:
- SAMHSA | Opioid-Overdose Reduction Continuum of Care Approach (ORCCA) Practice Guide 2023
- CDC | Opioid Prescribing Guidelines
- CDC | Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Pain
- CDC | Other Opioid Trainings for Healthcare Professionals
Prevention and Response Resources:
- Overdose Prevention Network: Overdose Prevention 101 & Overdose Prevention in Rural Communities guides
Ordering Naloxone for Organizations:
Links to Data:
Opioid Settlement Funds:
Resources for Communities
Community Prevention Grant Program (CPG): The Wyoming Department of Health funds the CPG through a combined effort of the Substance Use 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.
Wyoming Rx Abuse Stakeholders (RAS): 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.