Kentucky Rapid Drug Overdose Mortality Dashboard


Updated 10/07/2020


The below charts use data from Kentucky death certificates to provide a preliminary surveillance estimate of Kentucky resident drug overdose deaths. These reports use text analysis to identify suspected drug overdose deaths.These surveillance estimates should not be taken as official mortality statistics for the state.

Kentucky Resident Rapid Drug Overdose Mortality Surveillance Estimates


  1. Confirmed drug overdose deaths are defined as any death listing one of the following ICD-10 codes in the underlying cause of death field of the death certificate: X40–X44, X60–X64, X85, Y10–Y14.
  2. Suspected drug overdose deaths are identified through text analysis of the cause of death fields on the death certificate.


For detailed county-level drug overdose mortality data, see

Produced by the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center as bona fide agent for the Kentucky Department for Public Health. October 2020. Data source: Kentucky Death Certificate Database, Kentucky Office of Vital Statistics, Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Data are preliminary and subject to change. This report was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number NU17CE924971-02-01, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.