drugs http://kmuw.org en Pharmacy Board Recommends Tracking Of Prescription Cough Syrup Ingredient http://kmuw.org/post/pharmacy-board-recommends-tracking-prescription-cough-syrup-ingredient <p>The Kansas Board of Pharmacy wants an ingredient used in prescription cough syrup to be tracked by the state because it’s being abused.</p><p>Debra Billingsley is executive secretary of the board of pharmacy, she told lawmakers Monday that promethazine with codeine syrup is being increasingly abused as a recreational drug, particularly by high school students. She says when it’s mixed with soda or candy the mixture is often called by several slang names, including "purple drank" and "sizzurp."</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:18:03 +0000 Associated Press 37501 at http://kmuw.org Drug Overdose Deaths In Kansas Not As Bad As Many Other States http://kmuw.org/post/drug-overdose-deaths-kansas-not-bad-many-other-states <p>The rate of drug overdose deaths in Kansas has more than doubled since 1999, but the rate has gone up even more in many other states.<br /><br />As a result, Kansas now has the eighth-lowest drug overdose mortality rate in the country, <a href="http://www.healthyamericans.org/reports/drugabuse2013/release.php?stateid=KS">according to a new report from the non-profit Trust for America&rsquo;s Health</a>.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 12:29:35 +0000 Bryan Thompson 24545 at http://kmuw.org Drug Take-Back Nets Record Haul http://kmuw.org/post/drug-take-back-nets-record-haul <p></p><p>Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says Kansas residents turned in a record amount of unused medications in the National Drug Take-Back Day. Wed, 01 May 2013 22:43:57 +0000 Associated Press 16564 at http://kmuw.org