- Barbara Ramlow and Carl Leukefeld
- May 2020
- Link to Focus-36-2c3 (PDF)
- Link to Focus-Plus-36-2 (PDF)
In 2017, the rate of opioid-related overdose deaths in Kentucky was almost 28 per 100,000 people, nearly twice as high as the national average of 14.6 deaths per 100,000 people. Trends in opioid-related overdose deaths in Kentucky largely mirror the patterns seen in the United States as a whole. As in Kentucky, the rise of opioid-related overdose deaths in the United States has occurred to date in three waves; first with prescription opioids, then with heroin, and most recently with synthetic opioids.
- A comprehensive assessment program that identifies all barriers to work and is coordinated with other systems offers promise in helping low-income women with substance use disorder and other issues become self-sufficient.