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The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) is hosting a virtual discussion on nonfatal drug overdoses and substance use-related morbidities. The Kentucky Overdose Data 2 Action (OD2A) Community Summit is set for this Thursday, Jan. 27, at 1 p.m. and will focus on trends in nonfatal drug overdose, neonatal abstinence syndrome, and hospital encounters involving infectious diseases related to injection drug use among Kentucky residents.

The summit is open to the public and free.

“Since our mission is to connect community organizations and leaders with data pertaining to drug overdose and substance use-related conditions, anyone who works in substance use disorder treatment or prevention in Kentucky is encouraged to register,” said Meghan Steel, one of the presenters and an epidemiologist for KIPRC. “We will be sending out a copy of the slides to everyone who registers, so people who would like to see some of the data in the presentation but who cannot attend the webinar at the scheduled time are encouraged to register so they will receive the documents.”

Steel and Mira Mirzaian, also an epidemiologist at KIPRC, will lead the 30-minute presentation. Following the talk, there will be time for discussion and questions.

The presentation will start with an introduction to KIPRC, OD2A, the Drug Overdose Technical Core (DOTAC) and sources of available data. Following the introduction, Mirzaian will provide an overview of the trends and patterns in nonfatal drug overdose, neonatal abstinence syndrome, substance use disorder, and selected infectious diseases often associated with injection drug use.

“The aim of this summit is the same as with the first summit: We will explore a topic of study at KIPRC and use that to introduce the audience to the types of data that KIPRC can provide them,” Steel said. “For last year’s summit, we focused on drug overdose deaths in Kentucky, with a special emphasis on deaths in 2020. This summit will instead examine trends in Kentucky for nonfatal drug overdoses and other types of health conditions commonly associated with substance use disorder.”

For questions on the summit, contact Steel ( or Mirzaian ( To register, visit

KIPRC is a unique partnership between the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) and the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health. KIPRC serves both as an academic injury prevention research center and as a bona fide agent of DPH for statewide injury prevention and control.