Kentucky has the Third Highest Drug Overdose Mortality Rate in the United States (Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic.)

Kentucky Overdose Deaths (KY Office of Drug Control Policy):

  • Overdose deaths as of July 2014: 1007
  • Jefferson County had the most overdose deaths of any county with 191.
  • Autopsied overdosed deaths attributed to heroin increased: 230, or 31.9%. in 2013, compared to 143, 19.6% in 2012 (A 12% increase).
  • According to the KY. Medical Examiners Office, in 2013, here are the most detected substances present during autopsy:
    1. Morphine:43.9%—OPIATE
    2. Alprazolam: 34.76 %—Benzodiazepine
    3. Monoacetylmorphine (heroin): 32%—OPIATE
    4. Hydrocodone: 24.79%—OPIATE
    5. Oxycodone: 19.94%—OPIATE

The top 5 counties for Heroin detected overdoses (KY Medical Examiner):

  1. Jefferson County – 105
  2. Fayette County – 35
  3. Kenton County – 34
  4. Boone County – 22
  5. Campbell County – 16

Important note: Morphine represents the true drug and metabolite of Heroin. When Heroin enters the brain, Heroin is converted back into morphine (National Institute of Drug Abuse: NIDA).
(Indicating >75% of overdoses in KY were from Heroin)