Other Drug Prevention

 

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).