Kentucky Drug Overdose Surveillance
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
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.