Wyoming Drug Abuse
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What you should know
Meth is the drug of choice in Wyoming. Mexican poly-drug organizations control the majority of the distribution of meth, cocaine and marijuana. Local traffickers are supplied by distributors in Colorado, the Southwest Border states and Mexico.
Compared to other states
- Illicit drugs overall – low for those 18 and older
- Alcohol – moderately high for those 18 and older
- Marijuana – average for those 18-25, moderately low for those 26 and older
- Cocaine – average for those 18-25, low for those 26 and older
- Pharmaceuticals – low for those 18 and older
Source: SAMHSA’s most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, based on 2008-2009 annual averages. SAMHSA is the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
A closer look
Biggest drug threat. The increase in meth abuse has meant an escalation of violent crimes, domestic violence and child abuse. In fact, more meth arrests are made than arrests for all other drugs. Lab activity seems to be decreasing.
A significant problem.
Widely abused. Most of the marijuana is produced in Mexico, although some comes from British Columbia and some is grown locally in remote outdoor areas and indoors in small grows.
Declining but available. Not so poplar as meth, cocaine is available in ounce quantities around Cheyenne and Laramie. Crack is also available but not in large quantities.
Narcotic painkillers and depressants most abused. Sources are the illegal sale and distribution by health care professionals and works and “doctor shopping.”
Not high usage. Mexican heroin from sources in Colorado or Utah is available.
MDMA (Ecstasy) and others becoming popular. LSD and psilocybin mushrooms are not so popular as others on college campuses. Sources are mostly in Colorado.
Percentage of Wyoming population using/abusing drugs
|Past Month Illicit Drug Use2||8.44|
|Past Year Marijuana Use||10.83|
|Past Month Marijuana Use||6.73|
|Past Month Use of Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana2||3.76|
|Past Year Cocaine Use||2.55|
|Past Year Nonmedical Pain Reliever Use||4.59|
|Perception of Great Risk of Smoking Marijuana Once a Month3||35.99|
|Past Month Alcohol Use||60.21|
|Past Month Binge Alcohol Use4||28.50|
|Perception of Great Risk of Drinking Five or More Drinks Once or Twice a Week3||37.89|
|PAST YEAR DEPENDENCE, ABUSE AND TREATMENT5|
|Illicit Drug Dependence2||1.81|
|Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2||2.54|
|Alcohol Dependence or Abuse||9.73|
|Alcohol or Illicit Drug Dependence or Abuse2||11.23|
|Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Illicit Drug Use2,6||2.31|
|Needing But Not Receiving Treatment for Alcohol Use6||9.22|
|Serious psychological distress||12.56|
|Having at least one major depressive episode7||8.53|
- Age group is based on a respondent’s age at the time of the interview, not his or her age at first use.
- Illicit Drugs include marijuana/hashish, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used non-medically. Illicit Drugs Other Than Marijuana include cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used non-medically.
- When the Perception of Great Risk in using marijuana or alcohol is low, use of marijuana or alcohol is high.
- Binge Alcohol Use is defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion (i.e., at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other) on at least 1 day in the past 30 days.
- Dependence or abuse is based on definitions found in the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).
- Needing But Not Receiving Treatment refers to respondents needing treatment for illicit drugs or alcohol, but not receiving treatment at a specialty facility.
- Major Depressive Episode is a period of at least 2 weeks when a person experienced a depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities and had a majority of the symptoms for depression as described in the DSM-IV.
Source: Condensed version of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2004 and 2005, from SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies.