Substance Abuse http://wyomingpublicmedia.org en House Begins Debate On Sobriety Bill http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/house-begins-debate-sobriety-bill <p>The Wyoming House is considering a bill that would set up a program to test those who have been arrested for substance abuse misdemeanors at all hours of the day.&nbsp;</p><p>House Judiciary Chairman Keith Gingery says&nbsp;24/7 sobriety programs&nbsp;like this&nbsp;are&nbsp;currently working in some select Wyoming counties and in other states.&nbsp; The bill funds a program where the substance abuser is tested regularly, sometimes twice a day, for drug or alcohol use.&nbsp; Gingery says not only will the legislation help people, it could reduce crime.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 01:12:02 +0000 Bob Beck 54714 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org House Begins Debate On Sobriety Bill 24/7 Sobriety Bill Passes General File http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/247-sobriety-bill-passes-general-file <p>The 24/7 Sobriety Program Bill has passed general file in the Wyoming Senate.</p><p></p><p>The bill would create the option for people who have been arrested for substance abuse misdemeanors to be tested regularly for drug or alcohol use instead of staying in jail.&nbsp;&nbsp; If the offender fails to complete or pass a test, he or she would be arrested and appear in front of a judge.&nbsp;</p><p>The program would mainly be funded by fees paid up-front by the offenders themselves.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:46:59 +0000 Erin Jones 54326 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org 24/7 Sobriety Bill Passes General File Lawmaker Proposes Plan To Fund Substance Abuse Prevention http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/lawmaker-proposes-plan-fund-substance-abuse-prevention <p>The Wyoming state legislature may consider a bill that would divert funds from the alcohol tax to programs that provide treatment for substance abuse.</p><p>It’s estimated that alcohol abuse costs the state 843 million dollars a year.</p><p>Casper representative Bunky Loucks is sponsoring the bill. He says the bill would ta</p><p></p><p>ke 15 percent of the funds raised from alcohol tax, or roughly two million dollars and give it to the Wyoming Department of Health to help combat substance abuse.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 23:51:27 +0000 Jordan Giese 53665 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Lawmaker Proposes Plan To Fund Substance Abuse Prevention Cost of substance abuse in Wyoming is higher than expected http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/cost-substance-abuse-wyoming-higher-expected <p>As it addressed issues concerning substance abuse, one thing the state never had were Wyoming specific numbers on the financial impact of substance abuse.&nbsp; Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports that a recent study has found that the cost of alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse is staggering.</p><p>BOB BECK:&nbsp; This is the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center or WYSAC&nbsp; today people in the state are being asked about their tobacco use.</p><p>“And how old were you when you first smoked at least one cigarette every day for 30 days in a row?&nbsp; 16? All right…”</p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 22:54:52 +0000 Bob Beck 39928 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Cost of substance abuse in Wyoming is higher than expected Casper to host 10th annual Methamphetamine Conference http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/casper-host-10th-annual-methamphetamine-conference <p></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 12:17:33 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 39657 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Casper to host 10th annual Methamphetamine Conference Wind River Tribes Receive National Award http://wyomingpublicmedia.org/post/wind-river-tribes-receive-national-award <p>The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is honoring a youth program on the Wind River Reservation for its efforts to prevent substance abuse and the spread of HIV.</p><p>This is the first time a Native American group has received a Voices of Prevention award. The Wind River Tribal Youth Program offers a range of health and social programs to kids from the Northern Arapaho Tribe.&nbsp;</p><p>Executive Director Donna Trosper says substance abuse is a big problem among young people in the area.</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 23:46:37 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 19581 at http://wyomingpublicmedia.org Wind River Tribes Receive National Award