The COMBAT Symposium centered around making a greater impact, with increased participation in STRiVIN' to focus on two crises, one related to COMBAT’s anti-violence mission and the other its drug abuse prevention mission: gun violence and overdoses.
Jackson County’s anti-crime program—among the first in the nation to not only increase enforcement but also support innovative prevention and treatment programs—got a new name in 1993. COMBAT became COMBAT 30 years ago!
COMBAT supports nearly 100 community progams. The perils of fentanyl and other drugs, combined with increased crime in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, made COMBAT support for Jackson County even more crucial in 2022 and now going into 2023—and beyond.
This innovative COMBAT program allows police and others to make a simple referral that can connect individuals or families to life-changing, maybe even life-saving services. All it takes is checking a few boxes and clicking SUBMIT.
Missouri has "legalized weed," but driving high is still a crime. Keep it legal. Be safe. Driving under the influence—whether the influence is alcohol, marijuana or some other drug—is illegal and always entails potentially fatal risks
An investigation the Jackson County Drug Task Force spearheaded leads to multiple federal charges against a Kansas City man linked to at least three fatal fentanyl overdoses in 2022. Multiple firearms, half-million dollars and drugs seized.
Drug dealers are using fentanyl more and more to manufacture counterfeit pills or to mix with other drugs (like a fentanyl-meth combo distributed in baggies with a "red lips" logo). Fentanyl-related overdose deaths in the KC metro have increased 149%.
Project RISE, a COMBAT-funded program at Truman Medical Center/University Health, focuses on helping gunshot wound survivors make a full recovery, with emphasis on "psychological first aid" and, if needed, long-term care for Post Trauma Stress Disorder.
Jackson County Drug Task Force plays crucial role in "life-saving" investigation cluminating in 39 defendants being indicted. Nearly half-ton of meth and almost 50 pounds of heroin seized—along with enough fentanyl for literally millions of lethal doses.
Worried someone you know might be silently contemplating suicide? Break the silence. Start a conversation—ask the question—that might save a life. "Asking someone about suicide will not put the idea in their head to attempt suicide. That's a myth."
Prescribed painkillers were the “gateway drugs” that triggered the ongoing opioid crisis. Across America, another 49,860 lives were lost due to opioid overdoses in 2019—a 50.7% increase compared to the 33,091 lives lost in 2015. How did this happen?
The STRIVIN' hub director in Raytown believes better communities start with helping people better their lives. Her organization processes referrals from COMBAT's new social services referral program to identify what an individual's specific needs are.
This program not only provides referrals to counseling to help survivors deal with emotional issues, but can also facilitate repairs to homes or vehicles damaged during a crime. Doors with bullet holes might even be transformed into artwork.
Prescription pills not obtained from a licensed pharmacy are not only illegal to possess, but can also be extremely dangerous. There’s a good chance those pills are fakes with potentially fatal side effects. Just two milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal.
LBGTQ+ youth are five times more likely than their heterosexual peers to attempt suicide. COMBAT funds ReDiscover’s Show-Me Zero Suicide prevention program that provides services to about 400 youths—nearly a third of whom self-identify as LGBTQ+.