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Anecdotal evidence from prosecutors across the state indicates opioid abuse is growing in Kansas, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said, but he urged lawmakers not to forget the state’s ongoing methamphetamine problem.

Schmidt on Thursday answered questions about the issue from a panel of lawmakers in Topeka.

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Kansas is among the 41 states that are working together to investigate companies that produce and distribute opioids. Deaths related to prescription opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 1999.

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Kansas' attorney general is leading a nationwide push to identify elder abuse and find ways to help in the fight against the growing problem.

It's estimated that one out of every 10 elderly people who live at home in their later years will become a victim of abuse. Elder abuse can include physical abuse, neglect and financial abuse or exploitation.

It is a crime in Kansas to commit abuse on seniors which, by Attorney General Derek Schmidt's definition, includes anyone 65 and above. As of 2010, there were more than 40 million people over 65 in the U.S.

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The Kansas branch of the American Civil Liberties Union is seeking information about communication between state attorney general Derek Schmidt and the federal government over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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Kansas' Attorney General has released a report boasting about funds which have been returned to consumers and taxpayers in the state. The money was recovered as the result of investigations into scams.

Nearly $17 million was saved or recovered for victims of schemes and scams in 2016.

Dereck Schmidt's office investigated consumer protection law violations. The top categories for investigation included:

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Monday expressed support for the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding most of President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

Schmidt released a statement calling the Supreme Court’s 9-0 ruling “encouraging.”

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is calling on the state Supreme Court to move quickly and sign off on a new formula for funding K-12 schools. On Monday, the court will set a calendar of hearings.

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Kansas' Attorney General has sent a letter to President Trump asking for reassurance on his commitments to keep Guantanamo Bay prisoners out of Ft. Leavenworth.

Derek Schmidt is asking for a double down from Trump, not only to keep prisoners from Guantanamo Bay off the U.S. mainland, but to not authorize any funds which might be used for their transfer as well.

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The state of Kansas has withdrawn a suit against the federal government over changes to Title IX that extended protections to cover gender identity. President Donald Trump recently revoked the Obama-era guidance sent out last year.

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has released the results of a top-to-bottom review of the Kansas Amber Alert program. Schmidt requested the review in response to concerns about the execution of the system.

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