Official: Louisville EMS got 151 overdose calls in 4 days

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Louisville emergency crews have seen a rise in the number of calls related to drug overdoses.

The Courier-Journal reports (http://cjky.it/2lOvtZy) Metro EMS says it fielded 151 overdose calls in four days, starting at midnight last Thursday.

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Metro EMS spokesman Mitchell Burmeister says the high call volume ranged from overdoses linked to heroin as well as prescription pills, alcohol, other illicit drugs or a mix of drugs.

Dr. Joann Schulte, who heads the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, told some council members Wednesday that the city needs to offer more medication-assisted treatment for those dealing with drug addiction since abstinence-based programs don’t work for everyone.

Burmeister says there were 695 overdose cases through the first month of 2017. That’s a 33 percent increase from last year.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

 

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