Missouri, Kansas see uptick in drug overdose deaths
August 4, 2019
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal data indicates drug overdose deaths in Kansas and Missouri are on the rise even as national drug-related fatalities are in decline.
Provisional data released this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows drug-related deaths in the U.S. declined by nearly 5% in 2018 after reaching a historic high of 72,000 in 2017.
But the same data also projects that overdose deaths in Kansas rose from 326 in 2017 to 341 in 2018 and Missouri's increased from 1,406 deaths in 2017 to 1,635 the following year. The data hasn't been finalized yet.