The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) has received a grant for over $3.1 million to use in the treatment and prevention of opioid abuse.
Eighty percent of the grant money will be used for treatment and recovery and 20 percent for prevention, intervention and public education.
KDADS reports that Kansas is the 16th highest opioid prescribing state in the country. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says that between 2013 and 2015, deaths from opioid overdose increased 28 percent and deaths from heroin use went up by 71 percent.
KDADS’ Behavioral Health Commission will be in charge of what happens with the grant. They expect to ask for proposals from prospective providers in four areas in Kansas: the west, southeast, northeast and Wichita.
The grants are part of the 21st Century Cures Act.
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