Boone County 4th In State In Heroin Overdoses
By Mike Perleberg
(Boone County, Ky.) – The number of people dying from heroin is on the rise in Kentucky, and Boone County is among the worst counties for overdoses on the dangerous drug.
According to a new report from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, deaths from drug overdoses stayed steady in 2013 with 1,007, compared to 1,004 in 2012.
The state’s 230 overdoses from heroin, however, were up about 12 percent from the previous year. The top five counties for total heroin overdoses – largely due to their populations – were Jefferson (105), Fayette (35), Kenton (34), Boone (22) and Campbell (16).
Boone County had 36 overdose deaths on any drug in 2013, up from 34 the previous year. The county’s rate was 28.9 per 100,000 residents.
The drug overdose rate was higher in less populous counties in eastern Kentucky. Bell County experienced 93.2 overdose deaths per 100,000 residents. Following were Clinton County (49.3 per 100,000), Breathitt County (44.3), Floyd County (43.9), Perry County (42.8), and Harlan County (42.1).
The full 2013 Overdose Fatality Report is available at http://www.odcp.ky.gov/NR/rdonlyres/A74F767E-BECE-4539-8552-4122A69E1719/0/2013ODCPOverdoseDeathReportfinal1.pdf.