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The mission of the Kentucky Drug Overdose Surveillance program is to provide timely reports on the morbidity and mortality associated with drug overdose in the Commonwealth.

With the establishment of the Drug Overdose Technical Assistance Core (DOTAC), this program works with local health departments, community stakeholders, and local and statewide agencies to develop evidence-based initiatives that address issues associated with substance misuse, abuse, and overdose. DOTAC maintains multiple databases that lend insight into injury patterns in Kentucky, including the datasets of emergency department visits, inpatient hospitalizations, death certificates, prescription drug monitoring, and workers' compensation claims.

These data are used to develop presentations on local and regional trends and harm reduction efforts, to identify specific targets for evidence-based prevention programs, to recruit and retain community stakeholders in the fight against drug overdose, and to help translate research into actionable interventions.

CONTACT

  • Terry Bunn, PhD, Principal Investigator
  • Dana Quesinberry, JD, DrPH, Principal Investigator

Data Request

To submit a data request, click below to send an email request. Please include all pertinent information for the request. Data requests typically take up to two weeks to complete. We will contact you at the email address you provided to confirm we have received your request and with any additional questions. 

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Recent Program Resources

Kentucky Drug Overdose Mortality Dashboard

Produced by the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center as bona fide agent for the Kentucky Department for Public Health. July 2020. Data source: Kentucky Death Certificate Database, Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics, Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Data are provisional and subject to change.

County profiles for drug-related inpatient hospitalizations and emergency department visits

Each county profile contains counts of inpatient hospitalizations and emergency department visits related to drug overdoses, nondependent drug abuse, drug dependence, drug related infectious diseases, and comorbid drug and infectious diseases.

Kentucky Drug Overdose Fatality Surveillance System (DOFSS) Highlights, 2017

Produced by the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, as bona fide agent for the Kentucky Department for Public Health. December 2018.