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Office of Drug Control policy report shows Ky’s overdose deaths decline for the first time in six years

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service For the first time since 2013, drug overdose deaths among Kentucky residents are on the decline, according to a report released by the state Office of Drug Control Policy. The 15% drop is a turning point from the more than 1,400 Kentuckians who overdosed and died in 2017. Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky decreased by 15% in 2018, yet fentanyl continues to be...

Kim Moser: We must attack growing meth crisis in our communities from every possible angle

The epidemic of illegal drug abuse is one of the most difficult challenges facing our communities. Our region’s harrowing experience with opioids has been well documented and remains an ongoing struggle for those who are addicted and their families. Increasingly, the scourge of methamphetamine abuse has grown alongside opioids as a destructive force tearing apart our communities. A recent local article...

Commentary: Real policy changes needed to keep addiction from shattering more lives

By Gary Mendell Special to KyForward   Fatal drug overdose has increased more than six-fold in the past three decades, and now, according to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated 40,000 Americans died from drug-related overdoses in 2012 alone. This increase is mostly driven by opioids, such as oxycontin and hydrocodone, which now account for nearly 16,000 deaths per year, more overdose...

New report reveals significant increase
in overdoses involving heroin in Kentucky

A new report from the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center reveals the prevalence and changes associated with drug overdose in the Bluegrass state.   The report, “Drug Overdose Deaths, Hospitalizations and Emergency Department Visits in Kentucky, 2000‐2012,” analyzes overdose morbidity and mortality among Kentucky residents and documents the enormous societal and financial...