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October 11, 2018

DHE indicates that 326 Kansans died of a drug overdose in 2017, 36% involved a prescription opioid drug or substance (e.g., hydrocodone, oxycodone, fentanyl, methadone, etc), 23% involved a psychostimulant (e.g., methamphetamine), and 7% involved heroin. Although Kansas is below the national average for fatal opioid overdoses, the opioid crisis is an emerging threat that remains a challenge for the state to address, including the rise in drug overdoses due to psychostimulant drugs. Increases in opioid related drug misuse and deaths parallel the increase in prescription and illicit opioid availability. 
Learn more about substance use disorders in our state, at

July 24, 2018

Be a KPTA hero – help us combat the opioid crisis in Kansas today!
Dear KPTA members ,
Our profession needs your help to combat the opioid crisis in Kansas. As PTs/PTAs and members of KPTA you are uniquely positioned for this opportunity to be a strong advocate for patients in combatting this problem. 
Please help us identify local media partners (TV and radio) encouraging them to show a compelling APTA developed Public Service Announcement (PSA) that helps increase awareness about PT as an alternative to opioid use. 
Fortunately APTA provides video, print and ready to use social media materials to use with this campaign. They have developed this PSA that we hope all media outlets in Kansas will embrace and integrate into their programming.
Please join the KPTA advocacy team TODAY in this important outreach activity. Send an email to [email protected] letting know you will help. We will provide you with the tools and training you need for success as we work together to end the opioid crisis including a complete resource package to guide you through the process and optimize your communications with local media outlets. 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have stated that physical therapy is a smart alternative to opioids in the management of non-cancer related pain. We need your help to make sure that the Kansas media is aware of the extent of the opioid crisis. 
Did you know that in 2016 there were 304 of deaths from drug poisoning and 140 were from either prescription drugs or illicit opioids? 
For those of you with a presence in Greenwood, Clark, Sumner, Woodson and Elk counties, your support in outreaching to media is extremely important as these counties had the highest rates of opioid prescriptions per person in 2017. 
More information…
Want to know important details about your county? 
Use this interactive map of Kansas counties Click on “prescription metrics map by patient county of residence” and then “opioid” for the indicator.
Why is this important to KPTA?
This initiative is included in our Strategic Plan under the first Strategic Goal: 
Consumers and other professionals are knowledgeable about expertise and services provided by PTs/PTAs and one of our objectives is that the KPTA will promote the active PT/PTA role in the opioid epidemic. 
How does this impact my KPTA/APTA membership?
In the upcoming 2018 APTA House of Delegates a proposed motion, RC 16-18 Endorsement of Efforts Addressing the Opioid Crisis will be heard. This motion amends a position statement passed in the 2016 HOD that focused on our profession’s support of national efforts. The 2018 motion extends that support to local chapter efforts. The opioid crisis is now being addressed at local levels by governors and state legislatures and in state, county and city health initiatives.
Thank you for your time and efforts in this important public health issue.
Susie Harms, PT MHS
President, Kansas Physical Therapy Association 


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