Kentucky has a new method for solving its opioid crisis.
According to FiveThirtyEight, Kentucky was one of the top 10 states with the highest opioid overdose death rates in 2016.
To help fix the problem, the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center has investigated what caused the overdoses “to help policymakers make more educated decisions about how to tackle the crisis,” according to FiveThirtyEight.
Identifying specific drugs used in overdoses helped the state specifically target certain drugs in its efforts to end the opioid crisis. For example, heroin and the synthetic opioid fentanyl are popular in northern Kentucky, whereas prescription opioids are more prevalent in eastern Kentucky.3 comments on this story
Danny Finley, the coroner for the rural area of Clay County in Kentucky, said it also helps the state educate the public about how these drugs are affecting locals.
“Most of the media reporting was on meth labs,” Finley said. “I would look at my data, and although meth labs were serious problems, they were not the problems I was having in Clay County.”
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The Beehive State has seen the opioid epidemic become a hidden plague as well. Anyone from millennials to Mormon mothers has suffered from the crisis, leading law enforcement to seek answers from programs outside the state to seek solutions.