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2019 Overdose Fatality Report:

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Kentucky's Fight in the Battle Against Drug Overdose Deaths

The Kentucky Overdose Fatality Report indicates lethal overdoses among Kentucky residents totaled more than 1,316 in 2019.  Unfortunately, this data indicates a five percent increase of drug overdoses since 2018.  According to resident cases autopsied by the Kentucky Office of the Medical Examiner and  toxicology reports submitted by Kentucky coroners, the increase in the death toll is driven mostly by a rise in opioid abuse, fentanyl and fentanyl analogues. 

Read the full press release here:

2019 Kentucky Overdose Fatality Report PRESS RELEASE.pdf2019 Kentucky Overdose Fatality Report PRESS RELEASE.pdf

For a video from Governor Beshear on available treatment and resources, and the importance of knowing how to respond to an overdose visit:





Start here to find treatment openings in Kentucky for drug use.

The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet and Operation UNITE launched a new substance abuse call center that will connect people across the state with drug treatment.   The new KY HELP Call Center will provide referrals across the state to both public and private treatment providers.

Kentuckians struggling with a substance use disorder, either themselves or within their families, can call 1-833-8KY-HELP (1-833-859-4357) toll-free to speak with a specialist about treatment options and available resources.  The specialist will conduct a brief screening assessment in order to connect callers with the most relevant treatment services as quickly as possible. 

Options will include everything from medication-assisted treatment to faith based care, and a live specialist will help callers work through all the variables, such as location and cost.

Callers can speak to a specialist from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (EST), Monday through Friday.  During non-business hours, callers may leave a message and the call center staff will get back in touch with them.

More information is available at HOPEANDHELPKY​  and Operation UNITE 


What is Casey’s Law?


This powerful story reveals why this Kentucky law is so vital in giving many hope to recover.  The documentary features interviews with people who have been devastated from this illness, as well as judges, mental health workers, and family members who can shed light on the disease of addiction and the epidemic that is ravaging Kentucky. 


Educational Resources:

2018 Drug Use Prevention Curriculum Resource 2018 Drug Use Prevention Curriculum Resource Guide:

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During the 2018 Legislative Session, the Kentucky General Assembly passed HB 3, which included a mandate that the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy develop recommendations for the instruction of drug abuse prevention that is required for practical living skills education.  The Kentucky Department of Education is required to publish these recommendations on the department's website for use by schools in developing their practical living skills curriculum.  The Drug Use Prevention Resource Guide provides many examples of evidence-based curriculum that are being used in Kentucky, as well as additional evidence-based curriculum and enhancing projects and activities that may be utilized by schools.    

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The Mobile Drug Education Unit, commonly referred to as the Drug Trailer, has been a staple of KSP since the early 90’s. This unit was completely updated and renovated in 2019 with modern technology and information regarding the drug epidemic that is attacking Kentucky. This unit contains 14 digital screens displaying facts and information about various drugs, and how they are manufactured and distributed in the US. There are testimonial videos from former addicts who have first hand experience with drug addiction. We have also included an interactive touch screen display that shows the amount of overdoses and deaths that have occurred in each county and a visual display showing drug paraphernalia and methods with which drug users conceal these illegal products.

The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy funded the $92,000 exhibit, which was designed and built by DCX Displays in Louisville.

The mobile unit is ready for use by schools, clubs, civic organizations, businesses, churches, local governments and communities throughout the state.  Anyone interested in scheduling the display should contact the Public Affairs Officer at the KSP Post closest to their location, or call KSP Public Affairs Branch at 502.782.1780.


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If you have any questions or comments please contact Heather Wainscott at heather.wainscott@ky.gov or  Amy Andrews at amy.andrews@ky.gov