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Substance Abuse and Addiction

This issue has a significant impact on the health and quality of life for BRADD residents. Abuse of prescription medications is linked to family habits, social norms, and even how our medical care system operates.


A great deal of work in education, safe disposal, and state law is showing real results. In the local 2014 KIP surveys, only 4% of 12th graders reported prescription drug abuse in the past month. This compares to 9.4% in 2010 and 13.3% in 2008.


The story is very different for adults in other age groups. Drug overdoses have now far eclipsed motor vehicle crashes as the #1 cause of accidental deaths. In 2014, over half of Kentucky's accidental deaths were due to drugs. This was a 7% increase over 2013. In 2014, our state's drug overdose death rate was the second highest in the nation. Adults ages 35-44 and 45-54 have the highest drug- related death rates.