Louisville, Kentucky had a major spike in drug overdose calls within four days – 151 calls to be exact.
Louisville Drug Overdose Problem
Every drug overdose call is a cause for concern. But 151 calls received in just four days is almost unbelievable. The numbers have nearly tripled from when CNN first reported 52 overdose calls in a 32 hour period.
Most of the calls were the result of heroin, followed by alcohol, prescription drugs, and then other substances.
Doctors have noticed that they have had to increase the amount of naloxone (the heroin overdose reversal drug) used to help a patient recover.
There has been a nationwide spike in opioid overdoses. In which is primarily because of heroin, heroin laced with fentanyl, and other synthetic opioids. There was a 72.2% increase in overdose deaths from 2014-2015, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
At this time, Louisville officials are unsure if fentanyl-laced heroin was the main cause of the overdoses, but the city is now tackling the heroin epidemic that is plaguing their home. Mayor Greg Fischer explained this month that the police station will be hiring over 150 officers and adding two new teams of detectives to address the problem.
“We’re collaborating with the DEA on overdose death investigations to get heroin dealers off our streets, and forming a task force with other agencies. This is including the FBI, the DEA, ATF, the US Attorney, Kentucky State Police and the State Attorney General’s Office, to pursue, arrest and prosecute our most violent offenders,” Mayor Fisher said.
Heroin Overdose Recovery
Heroin overdose and heroin deaths are becoming more common now than ever, and this crisis shouldn’t be accepted or tolerated. In order to help stop the heroin addiction plague, we need the collaboration of government officials, law enforcement officers, medical personal, and addiction treatment professionals working together. We can prevent and treat the problem as a whole.
Addiction can be treated and addicts can recover if they have the proper treatment and support that is necessary to do so. If we really work towards treating the problem, we will see a decrease in the lives that are taken daily by heroin.
For more information on long-term heroin addiction recovery, contact The Watershed now 1-800-861-1768. There is healing and hope outside the grip of addiction and we can show you how.Tags: faces of heroin, heroin epidemic, nalaxone, overdose signs and symptoms