Annual Drug Overdose Deaths in Kentucky Fall for the First Time Since 2018

The number of drug overdose deaths in Kentucky has declined for the first time since 2018, according to the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC). Dana Quesinberry, co-principal investigator for surveillance of the Kentucky Drug Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) program at KIPRC, said death certificate data from 2022 show that drug overdose deaths in Kentucky are down by 5% from the previous year. KIPRC has been tracking drug overdose-related deaths since 2011. For the full dose of good news, click here

KPhA Webinar: KY Pharmacists Can Now Administer 
Yellow Fever Vaccinations
The Kentucky Department for Public Health recently updated the state Yellow Fever Vaccination Center Application. Pharmacists can now apply for this program to receive a yellow fever stamp once specified training and documentation requirements are met. On Wednesday, May 3rd, at 12:30 pm, KPhA will host a short informational session for interested pharmacists. Carrie Tuggle, KDPH Immunizations Branch Influenza Surveillance Coordinator, will present the new application and discuss the program's requirements, including training, storage, reporting, and documentation. This is an excellent opportunity for pharmacists currently involved in travel health or those interested in travel-related vaccines to learn more about the yellow fever vaccine center application process. If you are interested in participating in the information session, please join the meeting with the following link on Wednesday, May 3rd, at 12:30 pm.

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