Painful reality: The opioid crisis in Kansas

November 18, 2016
by Melissa Brunner
WIBW-CBS Wichita, KS

In 2015, KDHE figures show more people died from poisoning than motor vehicle wrecks or firearms (379 poisoning deaths, 376 motor vehicle wreck deaths, 330 firearms deaths). The figures include deaths from suicide and homicide. In young people specificically, the Trust for America's Health notes the Kansas overdose rate for people ages 12 to 25 quadrupled from 1999 to 2013. Only Wyoming saw a bigger jump. However, their study does note Kansas still has the 14th lowest overall rate of youth overdose.

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