The Kentucky Substance Use Research & Enforcement (K-SURE) has released a new report that provides a pictodictionary of the six major overdose-related substances (heroin, opioids, fentanyl, marijuana, cocaine, and methamphetamine) in Kentucky.
Staff members and faculty associates with the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC) recently shared their work in substance use disorder research, treatment, and prevention at the 2022 Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, held April 18-21, in Atlanta.
In 2020, the Kentucky Fatality Assessment Control Evaluation (FACE) program recorded the highest number of workplace drug overdose fatalities since FACE’s inception in 1994. The alarming trend continued into 2021, with eight drug overdose deaths occurring at work from January to June.
Meghan Steel is an epidemiologist for the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center. She has roots in Kentucky but grew up in Texas before attending the University of Alabama and then the University of Texas Medical Branch for her master’s degree.
Severe weather is an ongoing risk to Kentucky workers. From 1994 through 2020, 11 workers lost their lives to lightning, tornados, and floods while working in the state. Then, in December 2021, eight Kentucky workers were killed when a tornado hit the factory where they were working.
One of the biggest obstacles for individuals struggling with substance misuse is access to treatment. Depending on the individual, access can mean more than finding an open bed in a substance use disorder (SUD) treatment facility.