Juvenile Justice Office Is Seeing An Increase In Youth Drug Use

The Sheridan County Justice Office
The Sheridan County Justice Office

During their latest session, the Wyoming State Legislature passed new standards for juvenile detention facilities. Sheridan County Justice Office Administrator Neal Madson feels the new standards are a step in the right direction.

The Justice Office has compiled data from 1999 to 2009 that shows the history of over 1,000 clients ranging from 9 to 18 years of age. Madson says that recently, the statistics show that substance abuse is occurring at a younger age.

As far as where the kids are getting the prescription drugs?

Madson says that a good idea for parents is to lock up their medication and to keep tabs on where it is and who has access to it at all times.

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