Overland Park Drug Rehabilitation

With a population of 173 thousand people, Overland Park is the second most populated city in the state of Kansas. It was first incorporation as a “first class city” only 55 years ago with an initial population of 28 thousand people. But its history goes back to its early roots in 1905.

1905 marked the arrival of the areas founder, William Strang Jr. who plotted subdivision along an old military roadway that is now part of downtown Overland Park. Strang later in 2909 sponsored the first airplane flight west of the Mississippi that featured the Wright brothers.

In 2008, the city voted on and approved the addition of 15 square mile to be included within the city limits. Since this addition the city now spans almost the entire distance between the northern and southern borders of Johnson County. The city limit expansion also created expansion opportunities for economic growth.

Overland Park is home to 40 different large corporations that have their corporate headquarters within the city. Most notably is the telecommunications firm Sprint who is located there and employs 8 thousand people. Other Fortune 500 companies who are headquartered in Overland Park include YRC Worldwide, Black & Veatch, Waddell & Reed, Ferrellgas, Ash Grove Cement Company, and Compass Minerals.

The city works to attract technology companies in particular such as Netsmart Technologies which relocated to Overland Park in 2011. However the three largest industries in the city are still educational services, health care and social assistance.

Kansas Crack Down on Designer Drugs Coming:

A unanimous decision was made a few weeks ago by house lawmakers that a crackdown on the newly emerging strains of synthetics marijuana is needed. This is also to include other psychedelic drugs.

The bill, House Bill 2275, adds three designer drugs to the list of Schedule I controlled substances. These designer drugs are chemically modified to give users the same psychoactive or stimulant effects of other controlled substances, but with the intention to avoid the attention of drug law enforcement.

In addition to adding new synthetics to the Schedule I, this bill also expands an already controlled class of synthetic cannabinoids to include a new variant that was created to skirt the law.

Representative Ramon Gonzalez spoke up on an ongoing battle between drug enforcement agents and drug chemists who are creating new synthetics that wind up on the streets. A lot of these new synthetics attempt to mimic marijuana with high THC content, but some act as a hallucinogenic and other harder drugs as well.

The bill has not yet been signed into law, the Kansas Sentencing Commission has stated that if it does it will affect prison admissions but they do not know precisely how much. They are prepared to keep on adding more of these synthetics to the list of illegal substances as chemists work to change them just enough to get them through as legal.

The main problem is that these chemists have no care about anything besides profit, some of the changes they put in make the drugs a lot more deadly and police don’t find out until the reports start coming in that a new drug is sending people to hospital.

New Proposal for Drug Crime Sentencing Due to Prison Space Crunch:

When you are already facing a state budget crisis, a prison space crunch added on top of that is all it takes for legislative review on just who is being sent to prison and to find a way to stop the crunch.

New proposals are being looked into the lower some drug crimes from a prison sentence to community based treatment. This is being presented through Senate Bill 123 which would allow nonviolent drug offenders a chance at recovery rather than prison time.

As prison has long since proven to be ineffective in getting people off of drugs and when released they almost always relapse back to their substance of choice, it is a step in the right direction. This bill will do more than just relieve the prisons from overcrowding though, as it will give the addicts a chance to go into drug rehab, a chance they may not have had before for any number of reasons. In giving them this opportunity, they can begin to lead a life free from the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol and start to contribute back to society.

Currently marijuana and other cannabinoids are the most commonly abused drugs in Kansas and by offering those caught by the police a chance to recover rather than face jail time, a decrease in drug abuse may just be a future the state can see.

Overland Park Drug Rehab Options:

Overland Park has 7 drug rehab centers available for those that are looking for help from drug and alcohol addiction or are seeking help for a loved one:

Associates at Hope Harbor: Outpatient care only. Special programs available for Adolescents, teens, DUI and DWI. Medicaid, state financed insurance, private insurance, military insurance and self-pay with sliding scale fees are all accepted.

– Bridgeway Recovery, Inc.: Outpatient care only. Special programs available for people with co-occurring addictions. Military insurance and self-pay is accepted.

– Challenges, Inc.: Alcohol rehab only. Outpatient care only. Special programs available for adolescents and teens. Private health insurance and self-pay is accepted.

– Substance Abuse Consultations Services, LLC: Alcohol rehab only. Outpatient care only. Special programs are available for people with co-occurring addictions, HIV or AIDS, seniors, people with DUI or DWI offenses and criminal justice offenders. State financed payment, military insurance, private health insurance and self-pay is accepted.

– MARS Consulting: Alcohol rehab only. Outpatient care only. Special programs for adolescents or teens and criminal justice offenders are available.

– Marillac: Alcohol rehab only. Outpatient care, partial hospitalization, day treatment, residential short term, residential long term and inpatient care are available. Special programs are available for adolescents, teens and people with co-occurring addictions. Medicaid, state financed payment, private health insurance and self-pay with sliding scale fees are accepted.

– Mill Creek Outpatient Services: Outpatient care only. Special programs available for criminal justice offenders, teens and adolescents and people with co-occurring addictions are available. Medicare, private health insurance and self-pay is accepted.

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