Cheyenne, WY.     –     Members of Wyoming’s newly formed task force designed to address the statewide issue of prescription and illicit opioid abuse, met in Riverton this week, for their first session. The Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Opioid Addiction Task Force, comprised of elected state officials, statewide health care officials, and law enforcement, met to discuss multiple issues surrounding opioid abuse, but largely focused on opioid education offered across the state.

During meeting, the task force discussed working with health care providers, pharmacists and police to identify areas for improvement in the state’s available opioid education, compiled over 24 recommendations that could be included in future legislation, and worked to update mandatory education for providers and dispensers.

The task force also shared ideas on how to better enforce Wyoming’s existing Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.

The task force will submit their preliminary summary to State entities by Oct. 1.