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2022 Kansas Opioid and Stimulant Conference

The 6th Annual Kansas Opioid and Stimulant Conference will take place on November 10th, at the Hotel Topeka, formerly the Topeka Capitol Plaza.

Due to the significant rise in psychostimulant overdoses in Kansas, the conference has expanded to include topics related to stimulant prevention, treatment, and recovery for the second year. 

DCCCA, the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the Kansas Prescription Drug and Opioid Advisory Committee present the conference. 

Join us on November 10th to learn more about the opioid and stimulant crisis in Kansas. Engaging together in this proactive effort to build a collaborative response will help to prevent the escalation of this crisis in Kansas.

This year the conference will have a track dedicated to the emerging issue surrounding the rise in stimulant morbidity and mortality.

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2022 Kansas Opioid and Stimulant Conference

NOVEMBER 10, 2022

The 6th Annual Kansas Opioid and Stimulant Conference will be held at Hotel Topeka on November 10th 2022.

Why Should You Attend?

  • Speakers in each session will discuss strategies regarding how to address the crisis through the different lenses of Prescribing, Prevention, Treatment & Recovery, Law Enforcement and Intervention with unique voices of their professional experience.
  • CME, CNE, BSRB, EMS, Law Enforcement, and Pharmacy credits may be awarded through the conference. General Continuing Education credits can be received by submitting your conference certificate to your licensing entity. 

Who Should Attend?

  • Medical Doctors, Nurses, Health Care Providers, Pharmacists
  • Prevention Specialists, Community Coalitions, Public Health Professionals, Educators, Legislators
  • Social Workers, Psychologists
  • Treatment and Recovery Providers, Addiction Specialists
  • Law Enforcement, Emergency Medical Services

Participants Will:

  • Gain awareness of the impact of the prescription drug, opioid, and stimulant crisis in our state.
  • Explore evidence-based strategies, best practices, and resources for:
  • Prescription drug, opioid, and stimulant misuse and abuse prevention
  • Opioid Use Disorder and Stimulant Use Disorder treatment and recovery
  • Pain management, opioid prescribing, and clinical interventions
  • Law enforcement personnel in identifying and investigating cases associated with opioid and other drug use

Continuing Education:

Continuing Education credits may be available for CME, CNE, BSRB, EMS, Law Enforcement, and Pharmacists. Certificates of continuing education credit or general attendance will be provided to all attendees; conference certificates can be submitted to licensing entities for general CEU credits.

Scholarships & More Information

A limited number of scholarships are available for those that wish to attend but cannot afford the registration fee. Please download the application form or contact Lori Moriarty (785-841-4138) for more information.

If you have any questions about the conference or your registration, please contact Lori Moriarty, DCCCA Prevention: lmoriarty@dccca.org

Click HERE for Registration & Information

Drowsy Driving Prevention Week: Nov. 6-13

Sleepiness can slow down your reaction time, decrease awareness, impair judgment, and increase your risk of crashing.

Whenever you are getting ready to drive, ask yourself, “Am I alert enough to operate a 3,000-pound moving machine on public roads?” 


Before getting into the car with someone or driving yourself, ask the following:

  1. Are you sleep-deprived? Less than 6 hours of sleep triples your risk of falling asleep while driving!
  2. Are you planning to drive long distances without proper rest breaks?
  3. Will you be driving through the night, mid-afternoon, or when you would normally be asleep?
  4. Are you taking medications that can make you sleepy such as antidepressants, cold tablets, or antihistamines?
  5. Have you been working for more than 60 hours a week? A tightly-packed work schedule increases your risk of drowsy driving by 40%.
  6. Have you been working more than one job and your main job involves shift work?
  7. Did you drink alcohol? Even a small amount of alcohol can have an impact on your body.

Be proactive. Plan every short and long trip ahead of time. Ask a friend to join you on long-distance drives, so that your companion can help look for early warning signs of driver fatigue and switch drivers when needed. 


8 Drowsy Driving Warning Signs to Watch for:

  1. Finding it hard to focus on the road, frequent blinking, or heavy eyelids
  2. Starting to daydream, wandering eyes, and have disconnected thoughts
  3. Having trouble remembering the last few miles driven 
  4. Missing an exit or ignoring traffic signs
  5. Yawning repeatedly or rubbing your eyes
  6. Finding it hard to keep your head up or nodding off
  7. Drifting from your lane, tailgating, or hitting a shoulder rumble strip
  8. Feeling restless and irritable, or becoming aggravated with common annoyances such as sitting in traffic.

If you notice these warning signs for drowsy driving, pull over to a safe place and get some rest, stretch, or drink a caffeinated beverage. Continue driving when you feel alert and refreshed.


Specific At-Risk Groups for driving sleep-deprived

Some groups of drivers are at greater risk for drowsy-driving crashes. Research has shown there are 5 key groups of focus.

  • Young drivers — especially males under 25 years old.
  • Shift workers and people with long work hours — working the night shift can increase your risk of drowsy driving by nearly six times. Rotating-shift workers and those working 60+ hours a week need to be careful.
  • Commercial drivers — especially long-haul drivers. At least 15% of all heavy truck crashes involve fatigue and sleep-deprived driving.
  • People with untreated obstructive sleep apnea have up to seven times the risk of falling asleep at the wheel.
  • Business travelers who spend long hours driving or may be jet-lagged from a previous trip.

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