Kansas City, the county seat of Wyandotte County, is the third largest city in Kansas. The city’s economy is quite well developed. Kansas City, is home for General Motors Fairfax Assembly Plant, which manufactures the Chevrolet Malibu and the Buick LaCrosse. In 2010, Kansas City was the seventh best city in the U.S. to start over after foreclosure. Also, the rent in KCK is lower than the national average. Despite these advantages, Kansas City struggles with serious substance abuse problems. That is why, Kansas City drug treatment facilities and rehab centers provide a wide variety of treatment services for alcohol and drug addicts.
Substance Abuse Concerns in Kansas City
The 2015 Behavioral Health Barometer shows that the level of alcohol use in Kansas is higher than the national average. More than 7% of Kansas residents aged 12 or older are abusing or dependent on alcohol. Moreover, almost 9% of adult population in this state are heavy alcohol drinkers. At the same time, 2.4% of people in Kansas are dependent on other illicit drugs. However, this rate is a little lower than the national statistics (2.6%).
Quite a serious issue in Wyandotte is alcohol abuse. According to the 2015 statistics, around 15% of the population in Wyandotte were excessive alcohol users.
In addition to this, the CDC data shows an increase in substance abuse mortality rate in Wyandotte County. The rate of drug overdose fatalities has almost tripled since 1999. Therefore, the substance abuse mortality rate in Wyandotte is higher than in Douglas and Johnson Counties. However, it is lower than in Shawnee and SedgwickCounties.
Options for Kansas City Drug Treatment
A report from SAMHSA shows that in 2014, a little over 6% and slightly 15% of Kansas addicts received alcohol and drug treatment. These rates are quite insignificant in comparison to the number of addicts that need treatment. Fortunately there is good news for Kansas City addicts. Due to the fact that mental disorders are often one of the main cause of addictions, there were some grant funds allocated to the city for treating mental disorders among youth. According to SAMHSA, there were allocated around $70,000 and the grant program finished last year.
In addition to this, last year, the Congress passed the 21st Century Cures Act and the CARA (Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act). This Act implies the allocation of more than $1 Billion for addiction treatment and rehabilitation all over the country.