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A new organization has been formed in Stafford County under Kansas law that supports addicted persons in recovery to stabilize their lives. Grace Walk, Inc. is the new 501c3 not-for-profit organization.
The purpose of this new entity is to identify the needs of Stafford County citizens who have entered into recovery from their addictions and are willing to participate in a full and meaningful way with local recovery support meetings and Christian 12-step organizations on a regular basis.
“We will be requiring weekly attendance to addiction study groups and require attendees to meet with a sponsor to have support for their sobriety,” said Leanne Russell, Executive Director. “Once they have 2 months of sobriety they will be eligible for financial help to stabilize their life for employment, transportation, etc.”
According to provisional data released this week by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, data shows that Kansas recorded the nation’s second largest percentage increase in drug overdose deaths. Deaths increased in 2021 from 476 to 680, a 43 percent jump. Only Alaska, with a 75 percent increase had a bigger percentage increase.
Leroy Lyon, a Grace Walk board member, said that fentanyl is not the leading cause of fatal opioid, cocaine, and meth drug overdoses in America.
“It is time for some positive actions to be taken in Stafford County to combat this,” he said. “We are grateful for the members of the Stafford County Commission for providing some financial assistance to Grace Walk.”
Addicted persons seeking help are encouraged to call 620-804-1551 or 620-352-0032.