Prescription Drug Overdose Deaths in Wyoming

Between 2004 and 2005, state records in the US State of Wyoming reported 5 people dying from accidental overdose of prescription drugs. In 2006 to 2007, the number of deaths increased to 28. The deaths continued to increase every year, with 45 deaths between 2008 to 2009, and 69 deaths between 2010 and 2011.

By comparison, the state had 3 reported deaths in 2010 to 2011 from illicit drugs.

(Illegal drug prices and other crimes in the United States.)

Source:  Megan Cassidy, “Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in Wyoming,” Billings Gazette, September 2, 2012.