Governor calls for drug addiction task force

It's a response to the opioid epidemic

New Kansas governor Jeff Colyer says he is creating a task force to develop policies for combatting drug addiction. 

Colyer said during a speech Wednesday that former state Rep. Greg Lakin will lead the new task force to develop both short-term and long-term policies for dealing with drug addiction and an epidemic of opioid abuse. Lakin is the chief medical officer at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. 

The new governor touched on the opioid addiction during an address to a joint session of the Kansas House and Senate. It was his first major policy speech since becoming last week. 

Colyer said the state needs a comprehensive approach to combatting drug addiction. He called it a scourge. 


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