Recent Releases

Improving Identification of Drugged Driving Collisions and Injuries Using Multiple Data Sources

It is widely acknowledged that drugged driving statistics based on police accident reports (PAR) underrepresent the true incidence of traffic injuries involving drivers under the influence of drugs.

Kentucky Resident Drug Overdose Death Time Trend

Drug overdose deaths in Kentucky continued to rise in the first half of 2017. This update provides data on state-wide resident drug overdose deaths through Quarter 2 of 2017.


Paramedic is Struck and Killed While Responding to a Call

Occupational Fatality Report: Kentucky FACE Program


Drug Overdose Fatality Surveillance System (DOFSS) 2015 Annual Report

Kentucky’s Drug Overdose Fatality Surveillance System (DOFSS) is a comprehensive database that utilizes multiple sources to enhance the Commonwealth’s analytical capacity to identify and characterize drug overdose fatalities. This inaugural DOFSS annual report highlights findings from this surveillance system for drug overdose fatality deaths in 2015.


Occupational Hazard Alert: Pedestrian Workers Killed by Forklifts

Recent trends in pedestrian-related forklift fatalities are addressed in this two-page occupational safety flyer; Kentucky cases are highlighted and recommendations are made for prevention of future similar incidents.


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Injury Prevention News

There is More Than One Opioid Crisis - FiveThirtyEight

The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center is one of the organizations trying to put the puzzle pieces together. A partnership between the state Public Health Department and the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, the center is investigating the causes of the state’s drug overdoses to help policymakers make more educated decisions about how to tackle the crisis.

Prosecutors Treat Opioid Overdoses as Homicides, Snagging Friends, Relatives

As U.S. drug deaths hit record levels, prosecutors and police are trying a tactic that echoes tough-on-crime theories of the 1990s.

In the U.S., Flu Season Could Be Unusually Harsh This Year

Health officials are warning that the United States may have an unusually harsh flu season this year.  But they stress that flu seasons are notoriously difficult to predict, and it's far too early to know for sure what may happen.

The State of the Opioid Crisis Ahead of 2018

The nation's opioid crisis reached new proportions in 2017, with provisional data revealing that there were 17 percent more deaths from drug overdoses between May 2016 and May 2017, compared to the previous year.

CDC: Rural Americans More Likely to Die by Suicide

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. And, according to CDC data released Oct. 6 in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, rural counties had higher suicide rates than metropolitan counties from 2001 to 2015.

Tobacco Nation’ Left Behind

About a quarter of all adult smoking deaths occur in this bloc of 12 states annually.

Opioid addiction costs Lexington millions. Now it wants drug companies to pay.

The city of Lexington filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against more than a dozen drug manufacturers and distributors alleging the companies helped cause an opioid addiction epidemic by flooding the city with pain pills.

Trump Declares Opioid Epidemic a National Public Health Emergency

President Donald Trump declared the opioid epidemic a national public health emergency on Thursday, telling an audience in the East Room of the White House that "we can be the generation that ends the opioid epidemic."

Screening For Diabetes is Working Better Than Thought

Undiagnosed diabetes may not be as big of a public health problem as thought.

Kentucky Drug Overdose Fatality Surveillance System report sheds new light on OD circumstances

The Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC), a bona fide agent for the Kentucky Department for Public Health located at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, in collaboration with the Kentucky Office of the State Medical Examiner’s Office and county coroner offices, recently published the inaugural Kentucky Drug Overdose Fatality Surveillance System (DOFSS) report.

June is National Safety Month - NSC

Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.

National Public Health Week Infographic - APHA

In celebration of National Public Health Week, the American Public Health Association has released an infographic to help the public learn how public health professionals play a role in striving to create the healthiest nation.

Kentucky Researchers Publish on Healthcare Industry Injuries

Researchers at the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center published “Healthcare Industry Injuries by Patient Contact Status in Kentucky, 2012–2014” in the October issue of the Southern Medical Journal.

KIPRC Faculty Member's Research Examines Protective Effects of Motorcycle Helmets

Dr. Michael Singleton published new research on the protective effects of motorcycle helmets in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention.

Fewer Heroin Overdoses Reported Over Labor Day Weekend In Kentucky

There appear to have been fewer heroin overdoses over Labor Day weekend than the previous week, both in Louisville and across the state. But the lower overdose numbers over the Labor Day weekend may not give a complete picture. Dr. Svetla Slavova of KIPRC discusses the need for implementing electronic health record systems in hospitals to provide a more real-time estimation of drug overdoses in Kentucky.

September is National Preparedness Month

September is recognized as National Preparedness Month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit.

Pokemon Go: Safety Tips

The Huffington Post offers safety tips for gamers and parents of gamers when playing the massively popular augmented reality mobile game Pokemon Go.

National Safety Month 2016 Focuses on Young Workers

June is National Safety Month, and NIOSH this year has highlighted the potential dangers associated with young workers, particularly in retail jobs.