In our most recent letter from the public, registered nurse for Sheridan County Public Health, Toby Granger, spoke out about the need for the community to get involved in making Wyoming a healthier place, when it comes to substance abuse, and the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
Granger is also a member of the Sheridan County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention - a group that aims to make an impact in those areas.
Sheridan County Prevention Specialist, Thom Gabrukiewicz, shares some of the coalition's recent activities related to preventing substance abuse in the community. One specific effort was aimed at preventing prescription drugs from ending up in the wrong hands.
As we've reported, a study was recently released by Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center demonstrating the physical cost of substance abuse in the Cowboy State. Granger says in his letter the annual economic burden of alcohol abuse alone is more than $850 million - and he says in the least populous made up of state of some 576,000 total residents - those are staggering numbers.
Gabrukiewicz says he's noticed a trend in youth substance abuse that can be reversed by adults taking action.
Granger says in his letter to Sheridan Media this imperfection on Wyoming's social fabric is repairable - and now is the time for all of us in the community to take action.
We've attached a copy of the survey outlining the costs of substance abuse below, and to read Granger's letter visit http://www.sheridanmedia.com/new....