Park County saw an increase of 144-percent in newly reported Hepatitis-C cases from 2011 to 2012
The Adult Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator with the Wyoming Department of Health, Ashley Grajczyk, says right now Park County has about double the state rate of cases.
“What that means is we have an outbreak in that county,” she says.
Grajczyk says the health department is “attributing the majority on newly reported cases to injection drug use. 41% of cases reported in 2012 indicated that they had either been currently, recently, or formerly injecting drugs.”
A former Colorado Municipal Judge who’s a member of the group Law Enforcement against prohibition wants Wyoming to change its drug laws.
Lenny Freiling says that Wyoming spent more than 12 million dollars enforcing laws against marijuana in 2008. He says a better approach is to legalize marijuana like Colorado has. Freiling says one huge downside concerning the war on drugs is the long term impact it can have on someone who takes drugs.
Wyoming children need more education about alcohol, drugs and sex. That’s according to Marc Homer of the Wyoming Children’s Action Alliance.
The group released a study last week which found that children in Wyoming are faring worse than they were a decade ago. The report considered factors such as teen alcohol use, child and infant mortality rates, the number of children qualifying for free meals at school, and availability of prenatal care for expectant mothers.
Homer says part of the solution is to warn kids about substance abuse.
The Fremont County Attorney's Office says 35 people have been indicted in connection with an alleged drug distribution ring in central Wyoming. The Casper Star-Tribune (http://bit.ly/rVGjbk ) reported that 22 of the 35 suspects have been arrested as of Friday. The indictments came from a grand jury that met from Nov. 28 through the 30th. They involve the distribution of cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and prescription medication.