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Kansas Nets $9 Million Federal Grant to Fight Opioid Crisis

WICHITA, Kan. (KNS) – Kansas is getting nearly $9 million to help fight the growing opioid epidemic. It’s part of $1.5 billion in funding nationwide.

The Kansas News Service reports the federal grant will help state health officials address a burgeoning opioid epidemic, especially among young people.

More than $8 million will go to the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services to reduce overdose deaths and expand recovery options for opioids and stimulant use, including medication-assisted treatment. The Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas will receive half a million dollars to develop an opioid response program including prevention, screening and treatment.

Overdoses are up in Kansas. The state saw a 54% increase in overdose deaths in the first six months of 2021 compared to the previous year. Most involved methamphetamine or fentanyl, a synthetic opioid.