S.A.F.E. Project US holds community-based coordination events in Kentucky that bring together community leaders, local law enforcement, medical personnel, educators and families that are affected by the opioid crisis. Families who have lost children, spouses or partners who have lost loved ones, as well as friends and supporters are encouraged to attend our community events to add their perspective and insight to help rid their community of the opioid epidemic.
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Facts & Figures
Toolkit & Resources
► Kentucky has collected a total of 121,944 pounds of unused and/or unwanted prescription medications pounds of unused and/or unwanted prescription medications at all Drug Take Back events and locations since October 2011. Source: https://odcp.ky.gov/Pages/Prescription-Drug-Disposal-Locations.aspx
► Kentucky is among the top ten states with the highest opioid-related overdose deaths. In 2016, there were 989 opioid-related overdose deaths in Kentucky—a rate of 23.6 deaths per 100,000 persons and nearly double the national rate. Source: https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state/kentucky-opioid-summary
► Since 2012, overdose deaths related to heroin have increased from 143 to 311 and deaths related to synthetic opioids have increased from 70 to 465. Source: https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state/kentucky-opioid-summary