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Drug Addiction in Wyoming

Addiction and Abuse in Wyoming

In the past few years the state of Wyoming has suffered from a major prescription drug abuse problem. Prescription drug overdoses in particular have increased significantly according to the Wyoming Department of Health Vital Statistics.

From 2014 to 2015, prescription drugs were the contributing cause of death for 96 people, while 92 victims were recorded from 2012-2013, and 91victims during that previous year. This consistent yet worsening trend has led to growing cause for concern for both health professionals and the public statewide, as the number of deaths were nearly half of 92 people from 2008-2009. The total number of unintentional overdose deaths from both prescription drugs and illicit drugs, and a combination of both in Wyoming, was 209 from 2014 to 2015.

Common Drugs of Abuse in Wyoming

In recent time, the most common drugs of abuse in Wyoming are marijuana, alcohol, amphetamines, opiates and cocaine. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Wyoming’s percentage of alcohol dependence or abuse among people aged 12 and older was higher than the national percentage in 2012-2013. Furthermore, an estimated 38,000 individuals aged 12 and over were dependent or abused alcohol within the year prior to being surveyed from 2009 to 2013, which didn’t change drastically throughout those years.

Wyoming’s percentage of illicit drug dependence or abuse in people aged 12 and over was similar to the national percentage for 2012-2013. SAMHSA reports that an estimated 9,000 people 12 and older between 2008 and 2013 were dependent or abused illicit drugs within the year of being surveyed, which remained consistent throughout.

As a result, treatment for illicit drug use has increased in demand. Of those enrolled in substance use treatment in 2013, 17.9% were in treatment for drug use only, while 41.8% were in treatment for alcohol use only, and 40.2% were in treatment for both drug and alcohol use. From 2009 to 2014, that sums up to be about 4,000 individuals (10%) in Wyoming per year who received treatment for alcohol use within the year prior to being surveyed.

Information found above is courtesy of: https://www.samhsa.gov/

Wyoming cities with drug problems: Cheyenne, Casper, Gillette, Laramie, Rock Springs, and Sheridan

Wyoming counties suffering from substance abuse: Laramie, Natrona, Campbell, Sweetwater, Albany, Fremont, Sheridan, Park, Uinta, and Goshen

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