The Wyoming Department of Health is urging residents in the state to donate unused medications to help others who may have trouble affording needed prescription drugs. Residents can donate through the Wyoming Department of Health’s Medication Donation Program.

Residents who may have a low income, are under insured or without insurance can find help through the program. According to Medication Donation Program manager and pharmacist, Natasha Gallizzi, “Our program brings together people who find they have unused medications on their hands with others who may need those very same medications but can’t afford them.”

Any medication may be sent to the program, as well as certain medical items such as diabetes testing supplies or wound care materials. After materials are sent they will be sorted out by members of the program.

Donations acceptable for passing on to help other residents include:

  • Medications in sealed packages
  • Unexpired medications
  • Medications that do not require refrigeration
  • Medications that are NOT controlled substances

Donations not appropriate for sharing are destroyed via incineration. Gallizzi also said “This option safely disposes of the medicines to avoid potential prescription drug abuse and without causing water pollution, which can be a result of flushing medications.”

Residents may call the program toll free at (855)-257-5041 to see if they qualify and if the medication they need is available. Medications can be mailed to residents throughout the state who qualify to receive medications.

To donate unused medications:

Mark out any patient identifying information (name, address, phone number, Rx number), but leave the drug name on the container.

Complete a donor form, which is available online by clicking here. You can also mail donations to:

Wyoming Medication Donation Program, Wyoming Department of Health, Office of Healthcare Financing, 2508 E. Fox Farm Road, Suite 2A, Cheyenne, WY  82007.

In Cheyenne, donations may also be dropped off at the same address Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-5 p.m.