Other Drug Prevention

Marijuana Prevention

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.


To read some of the latest marijuana news and research, please visit the following websites:

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

NIDA for Teens

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM)

Wyoming Prevention Needs Assessment (PNA)

Wyoming Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS)



Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

Prescription drug abuse is on the rise across the United States as well as in Wyoming. The Wyoming Department of Health in collaboration with other agencies and organizations are working toward reducing the harmful effects of prescription drug abuse through statewide prevention efforts.

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 from the FDA on how to properly dispose of prescription drugs in your home. 



Prescription Drug Abuse Data

About 90% of prescription drug addictions start in the teenage years (drugfree.org).

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 (MTF, 2011).

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 (YRBS, 2011).

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 (NSDUH, 2011).