Hospital emergency staff sees increase in heroin overdoses

EDGEWOOD, Ky. (AP) – St. Elizabeth Healthcare emergency staff saw an increase in heroin overdoses in 2015.

St. Elizabeth released its 2015 report to The Kentucky Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1nfO1OJ) Monday. The report states that were about 1,168 cases of reversed overdoes in 2015, compared with 745 the year before. That marks a 56.7 percent increase.

Ashel Kruetzkamp, nurse manager for St. Elizabeth, says staff members at the hospital have been able to save more lives with the help of the drug naloxone.

She adds that the staff has felt the impact, but most were not surprised by the results.

The staff only counts those who acknowledge that they’ve used heroin, so there could be more cases of overdoses.

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Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com

 

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