Withheld: Stigma, statistics and multi-million dollar settlement funds

In the final installment of our four-part series, WyoFile looks at solutions for battling the ongoing opioid crisis.

Funding is often the largest hurdle to improving access to data and resources in Wyoming. But amid the opioid crisis, another challenge has emerged: deciding how to spend millions of opioid settlement dollars flowing into the state.

In late January, the Wyoming Department of Health reported it would use part of its $4.38 million in anticipated settlement money to expand access to opioid use disorder treatment, training and outreach.

As far as data goes, WDH plans to spend $575,000 on educational media, a website to inform the public about the opioid crisis and personnel to monitor opioid overd...


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