Kansas selected for program to reduce prescription drug abuse

0 | KDADS, Prevention

— A group from Kansas has been selected to participate in a federal program to combat prescription drug abuse.

The program by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration focuses on increasing access to and use of intervention and treatment resources, developing a state strategic plan for treatment and building evidence-based strategies to address prescription drug abuse.

Although Kansas ranked as the eighth lowest state in terms of drug overdose fatalities, with a rate of 9.6 per 100,000 in 2010, that number of drug overdose fatalities in Kansas has nearly tripled from the rate of 3.4 per 100,000 reported in 1999.

Among youth, prescription drug misuse and abuse is also of concern, with about one in 10 Kansas students in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 reporting at least one occasion of lifetime use of prescription drugs not prescribed for them in 2013.

Ten people from Kansas will attend the federal program in August in Bethesda, Maryland. The group will include staff from the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, the Kansas Department for Children and Families and the Kansas Department of Health and the Environment, plus representatives of a Kansas methadone clinic, the Prairie Band tribe and an evaluation/data specialist from the state epidemiological profile workgroup.



The KHI News Service is an editorially independent initiative of the Kansas Health Institute. It is supported in part by a variety of underwriters. The News Service is committed to timely, objective and in-depth coverage of health issues and the policy-making environment. All News Service stories and photos may be republished at no cost with proper attribution, including a link back to KHI.org when a story is reposted online. An automatically updated feed of headlines and more from KHI can be included on your website using the KHI widget. More about the News Service at khi.org/newsservice or contact us at (785) 233-5443.










         The Kansas Budget Puzzle

This interactive feature allows you to make tax and spend decisions and build your own version of the state budget.
See if you can solve the budget puzzle!