St. Elizabeth Emergency Departments Saw 1,200+ Overdoses In First Half

Posted On July 21, 2017

By Mike Perleberg

(Northern Kentucky) – The frequency of drug overdoses being handled by emergency rooms at St. Elizabeth Hospitals in northern Kentucky is skyrocketing.

In the first six months of this year, St. Elizabeth ERs have handled 1,238 overdoses, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. The number is more than double the 554 overdoses seen in the first half of 2016.

The startling statistic shows that the tri-state’s heroin and opioid epidemic is not slowing down.

A spokesman for the hospital said that overdoses are counted as heroin-induced if a patient admits to using it, however, other substances such as fentanyl could have been present.