Kentucky has the sixth highest per-capita death rate in the United States from prescription drug overdose.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, in recent years, drug overdoses have killed more people than vehicle crashes. Locally, that trend is the same, and overdose death rates are steadily increasing. And not every overdose is fatal. Nelson County EMS responded to 58 overdoses between Aug. 31, 2013, and Aug. 31, 2014. And those patients are from different races, age groups and social classes.