Opioid Prevention and Response

Opioid Basics 

Opioids are a class of drugs used to reduce pain.

  • Prescription opioids can be used to treat moderate-to-severe pain and are often prescribed following surgery or injury, or for health conditions such as cancer.In addition to the serious risks of addiction, abuse, and overdose, the use of prescription opioids can have a number of side effects, even when taken as directed
  • Pharmaceutical fentanyl is a synthetic opioid pain reliever, approved for treating severe pain, typically advanced cancer pain. However, most recent cases of fentanyl-related harm, overdose, and death in the U.S. are linked to illegally made fentanyl. 
  • Heroin is an illegal, highly addictive opioid drug. Heroin use has increased sharply across the United States among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels.  

Learn more opioid basics on the Centers for Disease Control Website

Riley County Opioid data is available online from Kansas Health Matters and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)

Drug Take Back Day 

Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10am-2pm. 

Unused or expired Prescription medications can be brought to Riley County Police Department (1001 Seth Child Rd. Manhattan, KS 66502) of the Dillons West (West Loop Shopping Center, 1101 Westloop Pl). 

According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

Training Opportunities 

The health department will be hosting training opportunities during Spring and Summer 2019. Training topics include:

  • Mental Health First Aid provided by Pawnee Mental Health
    • Mental Health First Aid is an eight hour course that trains participants to help people who may be experiencing a mental health problem or crisis.  
    • May 15, 8:30am-5pm (Leonardville Community Building). Register on EventBrite
    • May 22, 8:30am-5pm (Health Department Family Child Resource Center, West End Room). Register on EventBrite
    • June 26, 8:30a-5pm (Health Department Family Child Resource Center, West End Room). Register on EventBrite
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences provided by the Kansas Children's Service League 
    • Understand childhood trauma and its impact on social connections, school readiness, and increased likelihood of developing negative health behaviors. Explore how positive relationships, experiences and interactions in childhood have lasting impacts on adult health
    • May 30th, 1:00pm-3pm (Health Department Board Room). Register on EventBrite 
    • June 13th, 1:00 pm-3pm (Leonardville Community Building). Register on EventBrite
    • June 25th, 1:00pm -3pm (Health Department Board Room). Register on EventBrite
    • KDHE approved training for Child Care Providers
  • K-TRACs Training for health care providers and First Responders- Dates coming soon
  • Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment 101 
    • May 28, 2019 at 12 pm (Riley County Health Department)
    • July 10, 2019 at 12 (Via Christi Hospital)
    • Participation is available in person or via Webinar
    • Register on EventBrite

Training dates, locations, and registration will be available soon. 

Training is free and open to the public. Registration is required and is available on a first come, first served basis. 

In accordance with provisions of the American Disabilities Act, every attempt will be made to accommodate the needs of person with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in and enjoy the benefits of our services, programs, and activities. Please contact the Health Department Administration Office (785-776-4779) for assistance.

Treatment and Recovery Resources 

For additional resources visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website

Safe Prescribing Practices 

More than 11.5 million people reported misuse of prescription pain medicine in 2016. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "improving the way opioids are prescribed through clinical practice guidelines can ensure patients have access to safer, more effective chronic pain treatment while reducing the risk of opioid use disorder, overdose, and death." The CDC developed and published the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain to provide recommendations for the prescribing of opioid pain medication for patients 18 and older in primary care settings. Read the recommendations on the CDC website

Medication Disposal

The majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. There are options to dispose of your unwanted, unused, or expired medications.

National Drug Take Back Day is April 27, 2019. 

Find a Walgreens location to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medications online

Contact Flint Hills Volunteer Center for drug deactivation kits. 785-776-7787 or info@flinthillsvolunteercenter.com

Project activities are supported by the Grant or Cooperative Agreement Number, 1 NU90TP921961-01-00, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.