Heroin and fentanyl overdoses in Kentucky: Epidemiology and surveillance.

  title={Heroin and fentanyl overdoses in Kentucky: Epidemiology and surveillance.},
  author={Svetla S Slavova and Julia Field Costich and Terry Lee Bunn and Huong Luu and Michael D. Singleton and Sarah L. Hargrove and Jeremy S Triplett and Dana Quesinberry and William Ralston and Van Ingram},
  journal={The International journal on drug policy},
BACKGROUND The study aims to describe recent changes in Kentucky's drug overdose trends related to increased heroin and fentanyl involvement, and to discuss future directions for improved drug overdose surveillance. METHODS The study used multiple data sources (death certificates, postmortem toxicology results, emergency department [ED] records, law enforcement drug submissions, and prescription drug monitoring records) to describe temporal, geographic, and demographic changes in drug… CONTINUE READING