Drug Abuse

Kentucky has seen an explosion in fatal poisonings, particularly prescription drug related fatalities, in the last decade. In 2010, Kentucky had the 3rd highest drug overdose rate in the US, increased from the 5th highest drug overdose fatality rate determined in 2009 (CDC WONDER). Kentucky also had the 5th highest nonmedical use of opioid pain relievers, and 11th highest for opioid pain reliever sales in the nation (CDC, MMWR Report November 4, 2011).

Drug overdoses accounted for 979 deaths, 4,348 hospitalizations, and 4,770 emergency department visits among Kentucky residents in 2010. The highest numbers of Kentucky drug overdose emergency department visits involved opiates (n=697) and benzodiazepine- based tranquilizers (n=693).  The highest number of inpatient hospitalizations involved benzodiazepine-based tranquilizers (n=1,335) and the highest number of deaths involved opioids (n=443).


 

A Community Toolkit on Opiate Addiction

Helping the Hurting

Provided by : Fayette County Heroin Task Force, October 2014 and June 2015


Dear Community Partner,

We are pleased to support the hard work of our friends in Lexington by providing access to the following tools that communities may use to help address the increasing heroin epidemic in Kentucky. The Fayette County Heroin Task Force has created a tool kit that may assist your own local community in addressing substance abuse issues. I hope you will take time to review the tool kit and see if it can help with your efforts. KIPRC staff and the KSPAN Executive Committee support the excellent work of the Fayette County Heroin Task Force and wish to extend our appreciation and support for this community -led initiative. We plan to post additional information from other communities and hope that you share with us your prevention programs, activities and successes by contacting:

Steve Sparrow
KSPAN Coordinator
333 Waller Avenue, STE 242
Lexington KY 40510-2915
859-257-9484
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After you review the following toolkit we would ask that you please take a moment and fill out the following evaluation form. Please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/heroin_toolkit


 A Community Toolkit on Opiate Addiction

These tools were made possible through these partners: DrugFreeLex, GTV3, KSPAN, the Fayette County Heroin Task Force, and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government.  For more information about local efforts to address opiate addiction please contact Sharon Tankersley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Amy Baker This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Welcome Letter & Notes on Source Credit

Letters of Support 

  1. Office of Drug Control Policy
  2. Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center
  3. Lexington Fayette County Health Department
  4. The Elswicks Family

“Hope in the Face of Addiction” Video

In 2014 a Lexington group came together to create a video that would address the stigma surrounding addiction.  “Hope in the Face of Addiction” is now available and you can CLICK HERE to watch. 

Stigma is a huge barrier when someone needs help with an addiction.  By opening our minds and educating ourselves about this disease and its impact on families, we can help reduce social stigma and pave the way for those seeking treatment.

Our goal is that this project will foster healthy, thoughtful dialogue about addiction and recovery.  To that end, we would ask that you consider using the attached discussion guide documents when showing the video in a group setting.

Hope in the Face of Addiction video discussion guide: to download the pdf document please click HERE or use the following link  https://kspan.egnyte.com/dl/SvEUDsRVOk

Tips for Facilitating a Group Discussion guide: to download please click HERE or use the following link https://kspan.egnyte.com/dl/ELTOpYz7nP 

Pocket Cards

  1. They Don't Have To Die
  2. Every Life Is Worth Saving
  3. There Is Light Even In The Darkest Places
  4. Don't Let Them Sleep It Off

Posters

  1. They Don't Have To Die
  2. Every Life Is Worth Saving
  3. Never Let Them Sleep It Off

Opiate Guide for Community Leaders 
(The Opiate guide is formatted to be printed as a booklet, please keep that in mind when reviewing/printing, otherwise the pages look out of order)

PowerPoint - Fayette Heroin Task Force - A Call To Action

The following reports provide additional insight and data about drug overdoes in Kentucky


 Drug Overdose Hospitalizations in Kentucky, 2000-2013 (released April 2015)
  • In 2013, there were 5,590 Kentucky resident hospitalizations for drug overdoses. This is a decrease of 11% from the 6,296 drug overdose hospitalizations registered in 2012, a second consecutive year of decrease after a steady increase from 2006 to 2011.
  • The total charges associated with the hospital treatment of Kentucky resident drug overdoses in 2013 were $129.4 million dollars (incl. $47 million billed to Medicare, $30 million Medicaid, $28 million self-pay or charity, $19 million to commercial insurance).
Please click HERE to Read the full report

Kentucky Overdose Deaths - 2000-2013 (released April 2015)

In 2013, there were 1,019 Kentucky resident drug overdose deaths. This is a 9% decrease from the 1,078 drug overdose deaths registered in 2012. For the first time in six years, the drug overdose deaths in the state showed a decline. However, In 2013, Kentucky still had the 2nd highest age-adjusted drug overdose death rate in the United States, 23.7 deaths per 100,000 population. The corresponding U.S. rate was 13.8/100,000.

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Kentucky 2000 - 2013 Drug Overdose Death Special Emphasis Report

Poisoning is the leading cause of injury deaths in Kentucky, and drugs contributed to more than 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths. Drug poisoning deaths, also called overdoses, increased four times since 2000, surpassing motor vehicle traffic collision (MVTC)-related deaths in 2008 (Figure 1). In 2013, the Kentucky resident age-adjusted death rate was ...... READ MORE


 

Drug Abuse Prevention Resources