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Sat February 4, 2006
Report: State Substance Abuse Prevention Fragmented
Laramie, Wy – The Wyoming Department of Health has
failed to develop and implement a comprehensive plan of how to control substance abuse despite receiving a 25-million dollar legislative appropriation for the task in 2002 and additional funding since then, according to a legislative report released Friday.
The report, prepared by the Legislative Service Office, states
substance abuse treatment efforts in the state continue to be fragmented. It says a comprehensive plan has not been identified and state agencies don't share data.
Governor Dave Freudenthal issued a statement on Friday saying he looks forward to solving the problem.
The governor said the report highlights the mishmash of legislative and executive actions that have created a patchwork of efforts with regard to mental health and substance abuse. He said he believes the legislative and executive branches can work with the health department to resolve the problem.