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Drug overdose trends "cooling off" in Kansas, Missouri

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Across the country, there has been a substantial increase in the number of deaths due to drug overdoses including opioids.

However, in Kansas and Missouri, there is a different trend. 

Numbers released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said drug overdose deaths were up 21 percent and opioid deaths increased by 28 percent. 

Melanie Simpson, PhD, RN, coordinator of the Pain Management Resource team at the University of Kansas Health Systems, said the numbers are not as bad in Kansas and Missouri. 

She says the two states are experiencing a "cooling off" period in regards to drug overdoses. 

She adds that a good portion of that is the changing views on how to deal with pain. 

"Here at the hospital doing pain management, something that we never used to hear as much is people say, what can I do to not take any pain medicine," Simpson said. "How can I not get dependent on opioids because they've heard terrible stories."

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