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Overdose cases at St. Elizabeth hospitals plummeted last year for the first time

January 16, 2019

Overdose cases at St. Elizabeth hospitals plummeted last year for the first time since they've been recorded, in what may signal a shift in Northern Kentucky's response to a heroin-turned-fentanyl epidemic.St. Elizabeth hospitals projected that emergency-department staffs treated just more than 1,000 overdose cases in 2018.

That’s about half of the more than 2,000 overdoses treated in 2017. It's still a huge number, much higher than when the hospitals started tracking overdoses in 2012. But, the turnaround in 2018 shows a change in how the community is dealing with overdoses. People are still using drugs, and people are still dying. But there's more and better treatment and more and better understanding of what this crisis is."It's been a disaster," said Dr. Jeremy Engel, a St. Elizabeth physician. "But, it's less of a disaster."

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