Wyoming Drug, Alcohol, and Mental Health Surveys

 

Prevention Needs Assessment

The Prevention Needs Assessment (PNA)  was developed to measure a wide variety of attitudes, beliefs and perceptions that are related to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD). The PNA is useful in bridging the gap between some of the causes and the problem behaviors associated with substance abuse. Information from this survey can be used to choose and evaluate prevention strategies and policies for communities across the State of Wyoming.

 

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (YRBS)

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (YRBS) was developed in 1990 to monitor priority health risk behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States.  These behaviors, often established during childhood and early adolescence, include: alcohol, tobacco and other drugs use. (ATOD)

 

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) 

 The BRFSS is the world’s largest, on-going telephone health survey system, tracking health conditions and risk behaviors in the United States yearly since 1984. Conducted by the 50 state health departments and the District of Columbia with support from the CDC, BRFSS provides state-specific information about issues such as mental illness, alcohol use, cancer screening, tobacco use, and more.

 

Adult Tobacco Survey (ATS)

 The ATS is a standardized telephone survey of adult tobacco use, cessation, knowledge and attitudes that is sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The survey was administered for the first time in Wyoming in 2002. Although we know prevalence rates of tobacco use from other Wyoming surveys, such as the BRFSS, this survey assesses the knowledge and attitudes of tobacco and cessation data.  Evaluating adult tobacco use and cessation is critical to helping to reduce smoking-related morbidity and mortality and limiting exposure to secondhand smoke.