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Latest (2015) report from KY Office of Drug Control Policy:

Among other significant findings in the report:

  • Jefferson County had the most overdose deaths of any county, with 268.
  • Jefferson County also had the largest increase, up from 204 deaths in 2014. Kenton County increased from 71 deaths in 2014 to 112 last year. Fayette County went from 112 in 2014 to 141 in 2015.
  • The largest decrease occurred in Knox County, which had 12 fewer fatalities in 2015 compared with the previous year. Other counties with significant declines in 2015 include Bullitt County, which declined by 11; McCracken County, which declined by 10; and Perry County, which declined by 9.
  • Overdose deaths in some Kentucky counties, when compared on a per-capita basis, showed high rates. The eight counties with the most overdose deaths per 100,000 people for the period between 2012 and 2015 are:
  1. Leslie County                        68.6 per 100,000
  2. Bell County                         61.2 per 100,000
  3. Gallatin County                     52.6 per 100,000
  4. Knott County                        48.7 per 100,000
  5. Wolfe County                       48.3 per 100,000
  6. Floyd County                        47.6 per 100,000
  7. Campbell County                 47.2 per 100,000
  8. Kenton County                     46.3 per 100,000

 

  • The top five counties for heroin-related overdose deaths, using data from the Kentucky Medical Examiner and coroner reports, were:
  1. Jefferson County                 131
  2. Kenton County                     51
  3. Fayette County                     34
  4. Campbell County                 20
  5. Boone County                      19

 

  • The top five counties with the most fentanyl-related overdose deaths were:
  1. Kenton County                     53
  2. Fayette County                     51
  3. Jefferson County                 39
  4. Boone County                      29
  5. Campbell County                 20

 

  • The top five counties with the most heroin/fentanyl combination overdose deaths were:
  1. Kenton County                     21
  2. Fayette County                     19
  3. Jefferson County                 17
  4. Boone County                      13
  5. Campbell County                 12
  6.   For the complete report, click here:  2015 Overdose Fatality Report