The number of drug-overdose deaths in Kentucky hit a new high in 2016 because of rising abuse of heroin and a painkiller called fentanyl, according to a report released Tuesday.
The state recorded 1,404 overdose deaths, up from 1,248 in 2015, according to the report from the state Office of Drug Control Policy.
“Nearly every community in Kentucky experienced a fatal drug overdose last year — if that’s not a wake-up call, I don’t know what is,” Gov. Matt Bevin said in a news release with the overdose report. “We don’t have the luxury of pretending there isn’t a massive problem.”