Overdose fatalities have continued to increase, with the largest portion of deaths involving heroin and fentanyl, a synthetic opioid more potent than heroin, according to this new report published by the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy.
The largest increase in overdose fatalities was seen in Jefferson County. However, Kenton County, which has received much attention on its high heroin overdose rates, saw the largest decrease in overdose fatalities from 2015 to 2016, which may reflect the hard work and initiatives in the county to prevent overdose deaths and opioid abuse. REACH Evaluation continues to work with the Kentucky Division of Behavioral Health on opioid abuse prevention through the Partnerships for Success 2015 grant focusing on military populations, who are at an increased risk for opioid misuse and abuse. Read the full ODCP report here.