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The opioid crisis has been a serious problem across the world. In fact, it has destroyed so many lives and put so many people in danger. This also means that today, more than ever, people need all the help that they could get. The availability of drug addiction treatment centers has been a great help, especially to those who have acknowledged that they need help and are willing to change for the better.

In Kansas City, they acknowledge that opioid addiction is a public health emergency and their local organizations are working to fight it. In connection with this, they are expanding their efforts to prevent drug addiction and their government has been very supported by giving grant and funds. This will definitely be a big help to solve the problem by reducing the number of users and preventing people from using drugs.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The opioid crisis is a public health emergency, and there are local organizations working to combat it. 

“In the U.S. this last year in 2017 there were approximately 72,000 overdose deaths in our country and that includes people that have died from drug overdoses right here in our state,” UMKC Senior Program Coordinator Dr. Debbie Richardson said.

Richardson works to fight this epidemic through the UMKC Targeted Response Technical Assistance Program.

“Our collaborative effort addresses these issues at a number of different levels and we serve as both a national coordinating center for addressing addiction and technical assistance nationwide,” Richardson said.

But she knows it will take a lot more than work from just education and research institutions to get a handle on this problem.

“I think that with help from community, states or government agencies, private organizations, community coalitions and more, we can address this issue in the most effective way possible with the most current research-based practices and really make a difference,” Richardson said.

Now, with help from the federal government, several smaller agencies will be able to do a lot more when it comes to preventing drug use, specifically among youth.

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Felisa Laboro has been working with addiction and substance abuse businesses since early 2014. She has authored and published over 1,000 articles in the space. As a result of her work, over 1,500 people have been able to find treatment. She is passionate about helping people break free from alcohol or drug addiction and living a healthy life.

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