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.
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