A $100,000 federal grant will help Thrive Allen County begin a fight against the opioid epidemic in southeast Kansas. Thrive announced the grant in its newsletter this week.
The organization also announced plans to hire a Rural Health Development Planning Manager to develop a Southeast Kansas Drug Abuse Prevention Coalition (SEKDAP) for the counties of Allen, Wilson and Woodson.
Those three counties, along with Rawlins in northwest Kansas, were among 220 U.S. counties identified by the CDC in 2016 of having a high risk for a spike in HIV infections tied to intravenous drug use. The CDC based the list on the number of fatal overdoses and the number of intravenous opioid users who contracted hepatitis C, another blood-borne infection spread through contaminated needles.