As it addressed issues concerning substance abuse, one thing the state never had were Wyoming specific numbers on the financial impact of substance abuse. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports that a recent study has found that the cost of alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse is staggering.
BOB BECK: This is the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center or WYSAC today people in the state are being asked about their tobacco use.
“And how old were you when you first smoked at least one cigarette every day for 30 days in a row? 16? All right…”
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.
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.
Executive Director Donna Trosper says substance abuse is a big problem among young people in the area.