(Undated) - Heroin overdose deaths are through the roof in Kentucky, according to a new report.
The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy issued its first Overdose Fatality Report Friday. A new state law mandates that the office prepare the report tracking drug overdose deaths each year.
The report found that Kentucky had a 550 percent increase in deaths attributed to heroin overdoses in 2012. Heroin accounted for nearly 20 percent of all drug overdoses in Kentucky last year.
Each county’s overdose statistics were tracked in the report. In Boone County, overdose deaths increased from 19 in 2011 to 29 in 2012. Kenton County saw its overdoses remain relatively flat, from 55 in 2011 to 54 in 2012.Statistics were not available for Gallatin County because there were less than five overdose deaths reported each year.
There was some good news in the report. All overdose deaths in Kentucky last year fell by about two percent to 1,004. Of those, 888 were found to be unintentional, 59 were suicides and 57 remain undetermined.
You can view the full Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy Overdose Fatality Report online at http://odcp.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/C6EE39C4-E6EE-4E4B-913F-C45BD1E177AD/0/2012ODCPOverdoseDeathReportEDITS3.pdf.