Health

In a single night in Louisville, more than 20 people arrived in emergency rooms for suspected heroin overdoses. One of them died.

The spike has prompted calls of a public health emergency, as particularly potent strains — often laced with poisons — are leading to more overdoses and deaths.

“There’s heroin on the street in Louisville that’s going to kill people,” says Dr. Robert Couch, an emergency room physician at Norton Hospital. Couch saw eight overdoses Tuesday night alone. “I haven’t seen overdoses like this, in this frequency, in my 30 years of practice.”

What caused this crisis? And what’s being done to keep it from getting worse?

Join us Thursday at 1 p.m. on 89.3 WFPL, where we’ll talk to medical experts about the sudden rise in heroin use and take your calls. You can also listen online at wfpl.org/stream.

Our guests:

Dr. Robert Couch, emergency room physician at Norton Hospital

Amanda Hall, manager of women’s services at The Healing Place

David Yates, Metro Council president