Kansas may be the home of such famous fictional characters as Superman and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, but in real life isn’t much of a fantasyland. The state is flat country land, known for its high volume of agricultural production and simple living. A large percentage of the state is very religious as well, so many residents of the state have probably been brought up with the idea that drug use is wrong.
Despite this, Kansas has a drug use rate that isn’t far behind the national average. Whatever young people are being taught about using drugs in the state, it isn’t doing enough. Several categories of drugs are currently rising in use, and meth is continuing a rise in the state that it has been following for the past two decades.
Kansas Drug Facts and Statistics
The following are drug facts for the state of Kansas:
- Law enforcement in Kansas seized 151 meth labs in 2008, but in 2011 they seized 192. This was a 27 percent increase in meth labs destroyed over a three-year period, which goes to show that meth production is increasing in Kansas.
- 7.07 percent of Kansas residents admit to using drugs on a monthly basis. This is behind the national average of 8.82 percent of residents by state, but it is still a very high number.
- 318 Kansas residents died as a direct consequence of drug use in 2009. When seen as a percentage of the total number of residents in Kansas, this figure (11.3 people per 100,000) is not far behind the national average (12.8 people per 100,000.)
- Out of the Kansas residents that are using drugs, 3.41 percent report that the illegal drug they are using is not marijuana, meaning one of the harder, more addictive drugs.
Drugs of Abuse in Kansas
In Topeka, Kansas residents with prescriptions gave back almost 5 tons of unused prescription medication to help diminish the ongoing abuse of narcotics in the city from around the state. Medications were brought in from cities all across Kansas in an ongoing effort.
Approximately 9,777 pounds of prescription drugs were turned in according to the Kansas Attorney General’s office. They were collected from multiple locations around the state on the date of October 26th for the even National Drug Take-Back Day. The amount collected was the most ever had in one day since this program took shape in 2010. With this collection, many more could follow suit and turn in prescriptions across the state.
Residents from Topeka are said to have brought in 124 pounds of unused medications stated by the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office reported by the Topeka Capital Journal.
Twice a year collection days sponsored by The Drug Enforcement Administration are held in an effort to prevent prescription abuse amongst the populous. Methods of disposal that could cause safety hazards such as, flushing pills down the toilet, or throwing them in the trash may pose safety hazards says the attorney general’s office. With these ongoing efforts, abuse of prescription medications can be curbed.
- Heroin barely makes an impact in terms of the number of Kansas residents that have been admitted for drug addiction treatment. Only a few percent of residents are undergoing such treatment, and this figure has held steady for almost two decades.
- Cocaine and crack are continuing their downward trend of usage and drug treatment admissions. Currently, just over 10 percent of residents are in treatment for these drugs.
- Taking the place of declining cocaine usage, prescription painkiller abuse is steadily climbing in Kansas and now accounts for about 10 percent as well.
- Marijuana has continued to be the most highly abused drug in the state, with treatment admission rates at around 50 percent.
Sources for Kansas Drug Treatment
WhiteHouse.gov: Kansas Drug Control Update – http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/state_profile_-_kansas_0.pdf
Hutch News: Kan. Nets about 5 Tons of Meds on Take Back Day – http://www.hutchnews.com/Localregional/BC-KS–Drugs-Take-Back-20131103-20-19-29