Data shows a hopeful trend, overdoses decreasing

LOUISA, Ky. —New preliminary data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows a promising trend as overdoses appear to have declined across Kentucky and the nation each of the last three months.

According to the report, the Commonwealth has seen a slight but steady decrease in the number of estimated overdose deaths in all but one of the 12-month periods since September 2021.

“Although our work is still cut out for us, we are hopeful this is a sign of a brighter outlook like we had begun to see prior to the COVID pandemic,” said Addiction Recovery Care Chief Administration Officer Matt Brown. “To continue this trend moving forward, collaboration is essential. Communities and providers must keep working together so that we can rescue as many people from this terrible disease.”

“There are more people who need our help today than ever before,” said Pat Fogarty, Addiction Recovery Care Chief Operating Officer. “While we have made it easier to access treatment, we must also focus on reducing barriers surrounding treatment and recovery so that more people are comfortable seeking help.”

Addiction Recovery Care (ARC), Kentucky’s largest addiction treatment provider, served people from nearly all of Kentucky’s 120 counties in 2022. If you would like to talk to one of our addiction experts about the latest CDC report, you can contact Kyle Collier or Kathryn Parrish at