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)

Training Opportunities 

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.

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 [email protected]

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