Louisville, Kentucky Rattled by 151 Overdoses in 4 Days
"Louisville emergency crews responded to 151 calls about overdoses over a four-day span" - Thursday, February 9 through Sunday, February 12th - "a blistering pace that stretched and strained resources. Not every call was necessarily a heroin overdose, authorities said. Some could’ve involved prescription drugs, alcohol, narcotics or a combination."
"One person using heroin was killed while riding in a car that crashed, authorities said; the driver of the car had used heroin but survived.
The overdoses seemingly happened everywhere. Homes. Restaurants. Parking lots. People slumped in cars at stop lights.
“It can be anywhere,” says Jody Meiman, the executive director for Louisville Metro EMS. “Unfortunately, we’ve had to respond to all those locations.”
Armed with vials of naloxone, the city’s first responders revive person after person, oftentimes multiple people in an hour. And, Neal says, he’s seeing the need to use increased doses. EMS workers normally give one dose to an overdosing patient — but, he says, one patient was recently administered as many as seven doses of the antidote."