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Data Driven Prescription Drug Overdose Program

The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC), a bona fide agent for the Kentucky Department for Public Health, and housed in the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance to develop data-driven multidisciplinary approaches to reduce prescription drug abuse and overdoses in Kentucky. The award is a collaborative effort between criminal justice and public health agencies to address the devastating problem of drug abuse and overdose in Kentucky.

In the News:

Kentucky Awarded Grant for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Program-UK Now

Main Objectives:

  • Establish data sharing agreements among agencies data holders
  • Develop multi source data collection on Rx drug-related data
  • Produce comprehensive state and county-level reports highlighting geographical areas of high risk for Rx drug overdose or abuse, using multi-source data to guide community planning and actions
  • Disseminate reports to local communities (KY ASAP; local state departments; local law enforcement)
  • Expand KASPER’s analytical capability to identify questionable behaviors and harmful prescribing practices
  • Develop KASPER data reports utilizing the new algorithms
  • Link death certificates to PDMP data to identify controlled substance prescription history for residents who died from drug overdose and identify possibly harmful prescribing patterns
  • Form a multidisciplinary, multiagency Action Team to review the multisource data and provide guidance on best practices to address prescription drug abuse and misuse at state and local levels to include education, policy development, prevention, treatment and enforcement.

Action Team Meetings - Presentations:

Action Team Meeting, April 26, 2017
Action Team Meeting, December 12, 2016
Action Team Meeting, June 29, 2016
Action Team Meeting, December 9, 2015
Action Team Meeting, June 12, 2015
Action Team Meeting, January 16, 2015

Action Team Meetings - Minutes:

Action Team Meeting and an Inaugural Meeting for the Kentucky Drug Overdose Prevention Advisory Group, December 12, 2016

Presentations and Publications:

Slavova, S., Bunn, T.L., Hargrove, S.L., Corey, T.L., Ingram, V. (2017). Linking Death Certificates, Postmortem Toxicology, and Prescription History Data for Better Identification of Populations at Increased Risk for Drug Intoxication Deaths Pharmaceutical Medicine. doi: 10.1007/s40290-017-0185-7 [Web Access]

Slavova, S.S., Luu, H. Analytical Models Using PDMP Data. BJA Grantee National Meeting. Washington, DC. March 30, 2017. [Download PDF]

Slavova, S.S. Epidemiology of opioid misuse, overdose, and related health consequences in Kentucky and programmatic responses. Research symposium “The southern opioid epidemic: Crafting an effective public health response”, Atlanta, December 19-20, 2016, organized by The Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, The Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health at Vanderbilt University, and the Center for Drug Use and HIV Research at New York University. [Download PDF]

Slavova S, Hopkins D, Bunn TL, Quesinberry D, LaMantia S. Identifying Abuse and Overdose Risks Through Analysis of PDMP Data in Kentucky. BJA Smart Suite Summit, Arlington, VA, September 7-9, 2016. [Download PDF]

Slavova, S., Bunn, T.L. Data Integration and Analysis for Improved Drug Overdose Surveillance in Kentucky. Bureau of Justice Assistance Research-Practitioner Partnership and Data-Driven Pilots National Meeting. Washington DC. August 15, 2016. [Download PDF]

Slavova, S.S., LaMantia S., Bunn, T.L, Corey, T. Identification of Specific Drugs and Drug Diversion in Drug Overdose Fatalities. Safe States Alliance Annual Meeting. April 12-14, 2016, Albuquerque, NM. [Download PDF]

Program Contacts:

Svetla Slavova- Principal Investigator

Terry Bunn

Sarah LaMantia