Wyoming Medication Donation Program honored by Harvard

The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, recently recognized the Wyoming Medication Donation Program as part of the 2017 Bright Ideas in Government initiative.

The Wyoming Medication Donation Program is part of a cohort that includes programs from all levels of government – school districts, county, city, state, federal agencies and tribal nations, as well as public-private partnerships – that represent the next horizon in government work to improve services, solve problems and work on behalf of citizens.

The Wyoming Medication Donation Program improves prescription access for low-income patients who lack adequate prescription coverage by re-dispensing donated medications, reducing waste and providing a comprehensive statewide network for drug donation. The state’s Drug Donation Program Act was passed in 2005 and allows donation of in-date, unused medications in sealed packaging (excluding controlled substance and refrigerated drugs). The WMDP provides a statewide system for collecting medication donations, accepting referrals, re-dispensing medications and mailing prescriptions.

Since 2008, more than 88,000 pounds of donations have been processed, and there are currently 28 collection sites covering 91 percent of Wyoming’s 23 counties. The program has provided $12.5 million worth of medications to Wyoming residents who could not afford their medication.

Wyoming Writers Inc. 2017 writing contest seeking entries for writing contest

Wyoming Writers Inc., a statewide writing organization since 1984, is accepting entries for its 2017 Writing Contest.

 Contest categories are: Adult Fiction, Non-fiction, Young Adult and Children’s Fiction, Traditional Poetry and Free Verse Poetry.

Contestants are reminded to follow all contest rules, which can be found online at  

Nonmembers are welcome to submit. Wyoming residence is not required for submission to the contest or to become a member of the organization. 

Each entry must be accompanied by a $15 entry fee, check or money order. To add an introductory one-year membership to Wyoming Writers Inc., add $20 to any entry fee.

Send entries to Tom Spence (Wyoming Writers, Inc. – 2017 Contest), P.O. Box 98, Buffalo, WY 82834, postmarked no later than March 10.

Winners will be notified by early May and will be announced at the organization’s 43rd annual conference in Gillette June 2-4.

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