I am Greg Anderson, Resident Agent in Charge of the Wichita Resident Office and I’d like to welcome you to Operation Engage!
As we all know, there are far too many non-fatal and fatal drug overdoses affecting our communities, and sadly, these numbers are increasing. In response, DEA has moved toward community-level collaborative efforts to help reduce these numbers through education and awareness, using our wide range of resources.
Through Operation Engage, our division will focus on the greater Wichita, Kansas region, targeting opioids and methamphetamine misuse and abuse. Other components of Operation Engage include:
- Stakeholder/Community Gatherings: To share the latest information about drug trends, drug threats, and other related pertinent information.
- DEA’s Citizens Academy: DEA recognizes the importance of forging strong alliances with local communities and maintaining collaborative relationships with community leaders. DEA’s Citizens Academy offers participants the opportunity to understand the world of federal drug law enforcement and the important role the DEA and the community together, play in combating drug trafficking, drug abuse and related violence.
- Youth Engagement: Through programs like the DEA Educational Foundation, CADCA and the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and in collaboration with local organizations, such as the Quivera Council Boy Scouts of America, Wichita Athletic Track Club & Girls on the Run Heart of Kansas and the like, children of all ages will be able to actively participate in age-appropriate activities, designed for them to learn and gain the most knowledge about the dangers of drugs in a fun way.
- Community Outreach Programs: DEA, along with stakeholder involvement, will concentrate efforts in the communities most affected by opioid misuse and methamphetamine abuse. In those targeted communities, the Wichita Resident Office will participate in facilitating prevention strategies to include, but not limited to, drug prevention training and technical assistance for communities, coalition outreach, and prescription Drug Take Back events to name a few.
These are only a few of the many resources and opportunities we have available to share with our communities.
I invite you and your families, to explore our Operation Engage webpage to learn about the many resources we have available. Learning early on as a family, early on, is the first step in avoiding drug experimentation, drug misuse, drug addiction, and related behaviors that are plaguing our communities.
Always at your service,
Greg Anderson, DEA Wichita Resident Agent in Charge
The Wichita region struggles to overcome the dangers of methamphetamine and opioid misuse.
Get more stats and information about the drug epidemic in Kansas from these sources:
- Kansas: Opioid-Involved Deaths and Related Harms (Drugabuse.gov)
- Opioid Epidemic: Addiction Statistics (National Center on Drug Abuse Statistics)
- Prescription Drug Overdose/Misuse Prevention (Kansas Department of Health and Environment)
- Kansas Prescription Drug and Opioid Misuse and Overdose Strategic Plan, November 2020 Annual Report (Kansas Prescription Drug and Opioid Advisory Committee Partners)
The Opioid Crisis
Prescription drug misuse across the nation has resulted in many unintentional deaths and even more non-fatal drug overdoses. Use the resources below to educate yourself on the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic and to work to make Wichita drug free.
Opioid painkillers can be powerful and dangerously addictive. So, if you receive a prescription, it's very important to thoroughly discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor, follow his or her instructions closely, and review the label on the prescription bottle.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released important guidance for patients who've received opioid prescriptions. Go to their site to learn about the risks, what you should expect, ways you can prevent misuse, and alternative treatment options and more. And learn more about the CDC’s Prescription Awareness Campaign. Learn more.
Most people who misuse prescription drugs get them from family, friends, and acquaintances.
You can make a difference by keeping track of the medicine you have, by rethinking where and how you keep your medications in your home, and by safely disposing of any unused medications. Learn more.
View and download publications about prescription opioids and heroin. Learn more.
Drug Fact Sheets
Learn more about how methamphetamine and opioids can affect your body.
See a list of local prevention resources below:
Kansas Department of Children and Families
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) SAMHSA is responsible for overseeing and administering mental health, drug prevention and drug treatment programs around the nation. The agency is made up of 3 centers: The Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP); Center for Mental Health (CMH) and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).
Free publications from SAMHSA can be downloaded at http://Store.samhsa.gov
Looking for prevention resources specifically for young people? Go to the teen-focused site www.justthinktwice.com/. Here, they'll be able to get facts about drug use and learn ways to live a drug-free life.
Opioid addiction has reached crisis levels in communities across the nation. An estimated 2 million Americans will suffer from addiction to prescription opioids or illegal opioids in 2018. About two thirds of deadly drug overdoses in 2016 were due to opioids.
The epidemic is also hitting young people hard. In 2017, about 75 percent of drug overdoses
among 15-24 year olds were related to opioids.
Prevention works when you start early. Stop Youth Opioid Abuse is a multi-channel effort from
the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Ad Council, and the Truth Initiative that focuses on preventing and reducing the misuse of opioids among youth and young adults.
The campaign also hosts a website, opioids.thetruth.com, which also includes information about opioids, the epidemic, and evidence-based drug treatment.
Combating the Opioid Crisis: Schools, Students, Families (U.S. Department of Education)
This site discusses the role of schools, students, parents and guardians, and the
Department of Education in combating the nationwide opioid epidemic.
D.A.R.E.-Drug Abuse Resistance Education
D.A.R.E.’s primary mission is to provide children with the information and skills they need to live drug and violence free lives.
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
SADD is a youth-based, peer-to-peer organization that promotes youth empowerment
and uses peer influence to spread the message of positive decision-making. The SADD
organization is comprised of thousands of Chapters that embrace a "no-use" policy and help educate their peers about potentially destructive decisions regarding underage drinking, impaired driving, other drug use, bullying, and suicide.
In addition, check out the local resource below:
Options Near You
Looking for substance misuse treatment options near you? Go to Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services website for a list of local options
You can also go to FindTreatment.gov to search for general drug treatment facilities in your area. On this site, you can find facilities that offer various payment options (including free and no-cost care), youth treatment facilities, special programs for Veterans, plus more.
Otherwise, enter your zipcode below to find substance abuse treatment facilities in your area.
We’ll be posting events here as they are scheduled. Check back to see what’s happening and where Operation Engage will show up next!
Take Back Day
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs at locations in communities throughout the country.
Date: April 24, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where: locations across the country
For more information, visit the official Take Back Day website.
More local events:
TBD – Awareness Camp, Quivira Council: Awareness Camp is a FREE fun-filled two-
day camp for 1st through 4th-grade youth to experience the great outdoors, meet new
friends, and build memories that will last a lifetime! Learn more.
TBD – Youth Court
TBD – Girls on the Run 5K: The 3rd-5th grade program, Girls on the Run, encourages girls of all abilities to recognize their individual strengths and celebrate connections with others. Our tested curriculum blends physical activity with skill development that enables girls to adapt to whatever comes their way. In today’s unpredictable world, the strategies learned at Girls on Run are more important than ever. Learn more.
TBD – L.A.W. (Leaders, Achievers & Winners) Camp