Kentucky Opioid Death Statistics
The opioid crisis has become the worst drug epidemic in modern American history. There were over 47,000 opioid overdose deaths in 2017 nationally—more than from automobile accidents or firearm-related homicides. Many of those overdose deaths were from heroin and black-market fentanyl, which are surging in popularity. This report examines Kentucky's data on opioid overdose deaths from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Demographics of Opioid Deaths in Kentucky
Just as the opioid crisis is distributed unevenly across the United States, rates of opioid overdose deaths also differ by demographics. These charts compare the rate of opioid overdose deaths in Kentucky by demographic groups, with the U.S. rate included as a benchmark.
Age ranges with extremely small numbers of deaths yield unreliable rates and have been omitted from the chart.
Geography of Opioid Deaths in Kentucky
Opioid death rates vary greatly from location to location. This map shows the age-adjusted rate of opioid overdose deaths in Kentucky's counties.
Note that the CDC does not report mortality rates for locations with fewer than 20 deaths. Counties with no data should not be interpreted as having zero deaths.