Code heroin: St. Elizabeth treats heroin addiction as a lifelong health problem

Heroin can result in more health issues than death

Nearly 100 people came into St. Elizabeth Medical Centers with a heroin addiction in June, including 63 overdoses admitted to the emergency room.

“There’s not any day that we’re not faced with a patient with a heroin-related issue,” Ashel Kruetzkamp, St. Elizabeth emergency room manager, said.

Heroin doesn’t just cause death, but could result in lifelong medical problems, she said.

With staggering overdose statistics statewide, St. Elizabeth is taking on the battle for those in Northern Kentucky one addict at a time, armed with tools like a pilot study for a new clinic aimed at using stabilizing medications; giving more resources to addicts and their families; and tracking addicts along their way to recovery.

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