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Killing Kansans: Opioid Addiction in Our State

Amanda Stevenson-Grund - Friday, March 25, 2016

Opioid analgesics were a contributing factor in 22 (17.9%) of the poisoning deaths in 1999, rising to 127 (36.6%) of the poisoning deaths in 2009 … Since 2001, opioid analgesics have contributed to more deaths than heroin, cocaine, and benzodiazepine combined.
Kansas Health Statistics Report. 2012; 52: 1

Tablets, powder and a syringe represent opioid addiction in Kansas.

Opioid overuse is higher in the Midwest than in any other reason. The region’s rate of hospital inpatient stays related to opioid use has increased by 9.1% each year since 1993, according to a 2014 brief from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project. Opioid addiction levels in Kansas have been rising, too. However, the state could lower opioid misuse by implementing abuse-deterrent measures.

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Fully Vetted: Kansas City Is an Animal Science Hot Spot

Amanda Stevenson-Grund - Friday, March 11, 2016

… the Kansas City area is home to 220 animal health-related businesses and 20,000 industry-related jobs. This results in Kansas City being a major player in the global animal health space.” – Cress. Exploring the Animal Health Corridor: a primer to Kansas City’s big industry. KCPT

A veterinarian gives an injection to a piglet

Kansas and Missouri are sometimes dismissed as “flyover states,” necessary only as paths to other places. Similarly, corridors are often seen only as hallways connecting important rooms. The Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, however, challenges both those thoughts. Stretching approximately 300 miles from Manhattan, Kansas to Columbia, Missouri, the Corridor shows that Kansas City has become a hot spot for animal sciences in terms of both education and business.

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