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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.


  • 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. 


Drug Overdose County Profiles

Dashboard for Kentucky resident drug overdose rates by state and county. The dashboard features multiple options, including rate and count for drug overdose and drug-related comorbidities.

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Recent Program Resources

Drug Overdose Deaths in Kentucky, 2017-2021

An update to the annual report on drug overdose deaths in Kentucky to include deaths that occurred in 2021.

Annual Report: Kentucky Resident Emergency Department Admissions for Nonfatal Drug Overdoses, 2016–2020

Annual summary of nonfatal drug overdoses among Kentucky residents identified by emergency department visits at Kentucky hospitals, updated in 2021.

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.