What is the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy?

Since the establishment of this office on July 9, 2004, by Executive Order, The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy has been responsible for all matters relating to the research, coordination ad execution of drug control policy for the Commonwealth, while directing state and federal grants management that focus on prevention, education, treatment, and law enforcement . 

Kentucky is facing a public health crisis, and we are pushing harder than ever to beat back addiction with a broad multifaceted approach that leverages every resource at our disposal to ensure a united effort among prevention, education, treatment and law enforcement initiatives to address substance abuse in Kentucky.  We continue to work toward significant goals that will strengthen our position to fight drugs in our state through partnerships, technology, and leadership.  

 As we plan for the future, we know the success of our initiatives depends on the involvement and support of grassroots coalitions, local and state agencies, as well as community and faith-based organizations throughout Kentucky to reach our goals. 

  

 Journey to RecoveryKET- Journey to Recovery

Journey to Recovery, a one-hour KET documentary takes an in-depth look at the epidemic in Kentucky.  Featuring interviews with national experts on opioids as well as Kentuckians on the front lines of the crisis, Journey to Recovery explains addiction as a brain disease and explores a variety of successful treatment and recovery programs in the state.  The film is part of KET's going Inside Opioid Addiction initiative, funded in part by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. 

  

2016 Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy Overdose Fatality Report:

 2016 ODCP Overdose Fatality Report Final.pdf2016 ODCP Overdose Fatality Report Final.pdf

The nationwide opioid epidemic continued taking its lethal toll on the Commonwealth last year, driving up overdose deaths to unprecedented levels with an ever-stronger mix of fentanyl, heroin, and prescription pills.

Fatal overdoses totaled 1,404 in 2016, a 7.4 percent increase from the previous year.  Of those cases, toxicology data was available for 1,330 deaths.

Fentanyl, an extremely potent opioid that is often blended with heroin and other drugs, contributed to nearly half of all fatalities during the year.  It was a factor in 623 lethal doses, up from 459 in 2015.  Heroin was involved in 456 deaths. 

 

 

2016 Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy & Kentucky Agency For Substance Abuse Policy Annual Report

 2016 annual report.pdf2016 annual report.pdf

This report focuses on the 2016 accomplishments of KY-ODCP and KY-ASAP and the advances we have made in fighting substance abuse.

Since the establishment of this office on July 9, 2004, by Executive Order 2004-730, we have been responsible for all matters relating to the research, coordination and execution of drug control policy for the Commonwealth, while directing state and federal grants management that focus on prevention/education, enforcement and treatment efforts.

The KY-ODCP is proud to coordinate Kentucky’s response to substance abuse through prevention, treatment and law enforcement. Our goal is to change the way substance abuse is handled in Kentucky and reduce the problem, making the Commonwealth a model for other states.

We continue to work toward significant goals that will strengthen our position to fight drugs in our state through innovative partnerships, technology and leadership.

We hope you find our website useful and informative. Please take advantage of all the new tools that make our website user-friendly and do not hesitate to contact us if you need additional assistance. You can also follow us on Facebook and on Twitter at @kyodcp for in-the-moment updates.

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