Kansas Priority Topic Investments

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Kansas Overdose Investment Snapshot

Combatting the current overdose crisis is a priority for the agency. This page provides an overview of the FY21 CDC Injury Center (NCIPC) overdose investments for the state of Kansas.

There were 91,799 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2020 (28.3 deaths per 100,000 standard population), a stark 30% increase from 2019. Approximately 75% of drug overdose deaths in 2020 involved an opioid, with synthetic opioids (e.g., illicitly manufactured fentanyls) accounting for more than 80% of all opioid-involved deaths. Drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids increased by 55% and deaths involving psychostimulants (e.g., methamphetamine) increased by 47% from 2019 to 2020. Drug overdose deaths involving cocaine also increased by 22%.

In 2020 in Kansas there were:


overdose deaths


overdose deaths per 100,000 people (age-adjusted)

Source: NVSS – Drug Overdose Deaths

Overdose Funding At A Glance
Overdose Funding At A Glance


FY21 Kansas Total Overdose Prevention Funding


FY21 Awards

Overdose Data to Action

  • Kansas State Award: $2,844,069

Public Health and Public Safety

  • Overdose Response Strategy: $74,500*



*average award amount

Examples of How Kansas Is Working to Prevent Overdose

overdose strategies
Enhanced data quality

Kansas improved data quality by increasing the number of facilities providing information to the state’s BioSense system. Reports produced from this system are used to increase validity, completeness, and timeliness of emergency department visit data.

Opioid education

Kansas identified several counties disproportionately affected by opioid use disorder and used the information to recruit primary care practices to participate in the Kansas Partners in Opioid Safety academic detailing initiative.

CDC Overdose Prevention Strategies

CDC’s Injury Center plays a critical role in addressing the drug overdose epidemic by driving progress in the five strategic priorities that guide CDC’s response framework for preventing overdoses.

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