Kansas NPW: Prevention of Prescription and Opioid Drug Misuse
Overdose deaths are the cause of death for an alarming number of youth and young adults in Kansas, and the problem is getting increasingly worse. According to a study by Trust for America’s Health, the death rates from prescription and illicit drug overdose for 12- to 24-year-olds in Kansas quadrupled from 1999 to 2013. While Kansas’ drug overdose rate is below the national average, the only state that saw a greater jump during the same years is Wyoming.
The National Center for Health Statistics reported that 19 people died in Kansas from heroin overdoses in a single year (2014), and heroin deaths may be under-reported. The Wichita Eagle recently published a story about the concerning swell of heroin abuse.