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Posted on: October 20, 2017

2017 COMBAT Awards



Prevention Change Maker Award: Paula Davis, ArtsTech

Advocacy Award: Lou Steele

Treatment Award: Kent Jewell, Benilde Hall

Criminal Justice Award: Damon Daniel, AdHoc Group Against Crime

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Posted on: October 13, 2017

2017 Missouri Regional Opioid Summit- Kansas City Region

Opioid Summit

The opioid crisis will be the subject Thursday, November 9th , at an event that brings together numerous local authorities with state entities and officials.

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Posted on: November 1, 2017

End of Year COMBAT Cleanup and Rx Drug Take Back

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“Your support today shows that by working and standing together, we can be the change to help end the violence. Our children, families and seniors deserve it,” said Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr.Sergeant Cory LeMoine with th...

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Posted on: June 26, 2017

Northeast News: COMBAT hosts clean up in Northeast

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By Paul Thompson

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June 14, 2017

KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Jackson County COMBAT hosted a neighborhood clean-up and drug take-back event on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 14, at Lykins Square Park in the Historic Northeast.

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Posted on: June 26, 2017

COMBAT Take Back & Clean Up in NE Kansas City

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There was a tremendous turnout for the Lykins Neighborhood Clean Up and Prescription Drug Take Back.

Jackson County COMBAT and County Executive Frank White, Jr. welcomed neighbors, volunteers and The Kansas City Police Department out to the park for the th...

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Posted on: June 9, 2017

COMBAT Take Back & Clean Up in Grandview


It was a great kickoff to summer in Grandview as volunteers spruced up Belvidere Park.

Jackson County COMBAT, County Executive Frank White, Jr. and Grandview Mayor Jones welcomed neighbors, volunteers and Grandview Public Safety out to the park for the sec...

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Posted on: November 29, 2016

Jackson County Voters Approve Anti-Crime Tax


Voter Approval of Jackson County Community Backed Anti-Crime Tax (COMBAT) Sets Record 

Funding supports anti-violence initiative and community agencies


Jackson County voters approved the extension of the Community Backed Anti-Crime Tax (C...

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Posted on: November 1, 2016

2016 COMBAT Awards

Award Winners

Jackson County Executive welcomed the honored guests to the 2016 COMBAT Awards ceremony, held October 26 in the Truman Forum Auditorium at the Kansas City Public Library on the Plaza.

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Posted on: August 29, 2016

COMBAT Supports Strong Law Enforcement Teamwork

COMBAT Clean-up

COMBAT clean-up event demonstrates outstanding partnership between Independence and Sugar Creek Police Departments as they work to pursue drug traffickers and confiscate the illegal substances these criminals are trying to distribute.

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Posted on: October 8, 2015

2015 COMBAT Awards

2015 COMBAT Award Winners

Through the programs it supports, the COMBAT program has helped transform neighborhoods and save lives.

"COMBAT works!" declared Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders as he opened the 2015 COMBAT Awards ceremony, held October 8 in Truman Foru...> MORE

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Posted on: May 18, 2015

Comic book heroes fight crime in COMBAT-funded art class

Student draws his comic book hero

In a classroom at MyARTS East in Independence, superheroes of the future are taking shape. A group of teens are drawing and thinking of story lines for characters like Flamo, Star, Money Breaker and Ultra Guy. But what would a superhero be without a super...> MORE

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Posted on: April 23, 2015

COMBAT Canvasses Neighborhood Urging Residents To Report Crime

COMBAT volunteers places door hanger that highlights crime hotline phone number

DeQuai Wilson of Independence had good reason to don a red Jackson County COMBAT T-shirt and take part in its anti-crime canvassing effort in the Ruskin area of south Kansas City on Thursday.

"I lived in this area, and my son, Cortez Wilson, who w...> MORE

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Posted on: October 9, 2014

2014 COMBAT Awards

2014 COMBAT Awards

COMBAT is making an impact.

The programs funded through the Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax first approved in 1989 have helped reduce drug abuse and drug-related crime in Jackson County. When voters renewed the tax in 2009 — with 71 percent support — CO...> MORE

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Posted on: November 3, 2017

Say No To Bullying


Bullying is a form of youth violence. CDC defines bullying as any unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by another youth or group of youths who are not siblings or current dating partners that involves an observed or perceived power imbalance and is repeated mu...

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Posted on: January 8, 2016

Let's Talk

Talking To Your Kids About Drugs

Peer pressure... Setting ground rules... Being clear how you feel about drug use...

Get great insights into how to talk your kids about drug use. And find out how to answer the question your kid is bound to ask you: "Did you use drugs?"

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Posted on: January 8, 2016

Targeting Our Kids

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Without drug users, drug dealers would go out of business. Because they need there to be a demand for the illegal drugs they produce and traffic, dealers are continually looking to attract more "customers" - to get more people "hooked on th...Read on...

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Posted on: January 8, 2016

Look For The Signs

Signs Of Drug Use

Changes in mood or attitudes, including unusual temper outbursts, changes in sleeping habits and changes in hobbies or other interests are common in teens. So, what should you look for?

Look for signs of depression, withdrawal, carelessness with groomi...Read on...

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Posted on: April 5, 2018

Individuals Need To Carry Life-Saving OD Med


Many paramedics and police officers carry an “Opioid Overdose Kit” as part of their standard-issue equipment. The Surgeon General is urging more Americans to acquire the same life-saving medication these first responders give overdose victims: Naloxone.

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Posted on: March 30, 2018

OD Deaths Increase 21.5%


An average of 174 Americans per day — about one every eight minutes and 20 seconds — lost their lives due to drug overdoses in 2016. The death toll for the year was staggering: 63,632. Nearly two-thirds of these deaths involved an opioid.

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Posted on: March 8, 2018

Opioid Crisis Worsening


In 2016 opioid overdoses—from prescription medications, illicit drugs or a combination of both—killed 63,632 people in the U.S., a 21.4% increase compared to 2015. From July 2016 through September 2017, opioid overdoses rose more than 30% nationwide.

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Posted on: February 27, 2018

From Prescription Drugs To Heroin Addiction


In the 1960s, 80% of people who became opioid addicts were first exposed to the drug through using heroin. Today, 75% first get hooked on opioids through a prescription drug—then start using heroin, which is often less expensive than prescription drugs.

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