The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy has released its 2017 Overdose Fatality Report, including county-by-county statistics on drug overdose deaths as well as statewide numbers.
According to the report, 1,468 residents nearly 97 nonresidents died from overdoses in the state in 2017, an increase from 2016.
Johnson County is listed in the report as having fewer than five overdose deaths in 2017. Of Johnson’s neighboring counties, Lawrence, Martin and Magoffin counties are each also listed as fewer than five, with the only outlier being Floyd County, which had 12 deaths.
The report mentions that counts of less than five deaths are kept suppressed due to guidelines from the Kentucky Department for Public Health.
Floyd and Magoffin counties are listed as having zero deaths involving fentanyl, while Johnson, Martin and Morgan counties had between one and four deaths involving the dangerous opioid.
Though the report said heroin was involved in 22 percent of overdose deaths statewide, neither Johnson nor any of its immediately surrounding counties experienced any heroin-related deaths in 2017. Pike County, however, is listed as having between one and four of its 11 overdose fatalities as being heroin-related.