Prescription drug overdose deaths have quadrupled among 12-25 year olds in Kansas over the past 12 years. DCCCA Prevention Services is addressing the prescription drug and opioid crisis in Kansas through the Partnerships for Success (PFS) initiative.
Projects within the PFS Initiative include:
Statewide Planning and Implementation
DCCCA coordinates the Kansas Prescription Drug and Opioid Advisory Committee. The purpose of the Kansas Prescription Drug and Opioid Advisory Committee is to develop a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary strategic plan to address the opioid crisis in Kansas and implement coordinated efforts across the state. To find more information on the work of the advisory committee please visit www.preventoverdoseks.org.
Annual Kansas Opioid Conference
The Opioid Conference provides an opportunity for professionals from multiple specialties to learn about the epidemic and provide insight for developing a path forward for Kansas. Conference topics include strategies regarding how to address the epidemic through the different lenses of Prescribing, Prevention, Treatment, Recovery, Law Enforcement, and Clinical Intervention. Click here to view more information about the Annual Kansas Opioid Conference.
Community Coalition Pilot Sites
DCCCA provides sub-recipient grant funding to community coalitions in high-risk areas to develop a strategic plan and implement selected evidence-based strategies in their community to prevent the incidence of non-medical use of prescription drugs among individuals between the ages of 12-25. Current grantees include Safe Streets Wichita and Live Well Finney County.
Data Collection Pilot Project
The Kansas City Metro Methadone Program (KCMMP) pilot project digs deeper into the assessment of the opioid crisis in Kansas by obtaining new data on patients seeking and receiving treatment for Opioid Use Disorder. The data is utilized to assess potential risk factors and guide resources and planning for the reduction of the incidence and prevalence of prescription drug misuse and abuse in Kansas.
Medication Disposal Pilot Projects
The goal of this project is to increase the safe disposal of prescription opioids using medication disposal products, in target populations, to decrease social availability for individuals between the ages of 12-25. For more information about implementing your own safe medication disposal efforts view our Safe Medication Disposal Toolkit here. DCCCA provides free medication disposal resources to communities and agencies across the state. Click here to request free medication disposal resources.
Safe Medication Storage
The Partnership for Success program is working together with our Kansas Child Placing Agency to provide medication lockboxes to all of the DCCCA foster families. These boxes will promote safe use, storage, and transportation of medication for children in foster care and help to prevent accidental poisoning. View our video instructions below or download written instructions here.
Prescription Drug Prevention
Lawrence, KS, 66047
Krista Machado, Program Coordinator
Lydia Fuqua, Prevention Specialist