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Drug Overdoses Expected to Spike Over Labor Day Weekend

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Drug abuse is a health crisis in Kentucky, and the state's top health professional says it will get a lot worse over the holiday weekend.

Kentucky Health Commissioner Dr. Hiram Polk says an Emergency Health Alert has gone out to first responders, hospitals and addiction counselors to mobilize for a rash of overdose cases.

In the Midwest lately, including Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio, heroin on the streets is being cut and sold with Fentanyl.   

Fentanyl is the deadly drug that killed rock legend Prince, and is far more potent than heroin.

Hospitals and EMS are stocking up on the overdose-reversal drug naloxone. 

In just two days in Louisville, there were 28 overdoses, and Dr. Polk predicts much more over the weekend.

 

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