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Louisville ER doctors seeing more patients overdosing on Meth

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville emergency rooms are seeing more patients on Methamphetamines.

ER Dr. Robert Couch believes some of the Meth is being laced with fentanyl, the extremely potent opioid that led to skyrocketing overdose numbers in Louisville.  

“It’s a very dangerous combination and can be deadly for the same reason that Heroin laced with fentanyl is deadly,” Couch said.

Police are uncovering large shipments of Meth in Kentucky.

A KSP drug team arrested Alberto Madrigal of Los Angeles earlier this week.

An arrest report said he was stopped driving a semi-truck in Crestwood with 60 to 70 pounds of Meth, which has a street value estimated between $2 and $2.5 million.

Couch said drugs like Narcan or Naloxone, used for opioid overdoses, will not help patients overdosing on Meth.

"There is no reversal agent for Methamphetamine so many times those patients have to be treated with a sedative to try to reduce the effects of the Methamphetamine," Couch said.

Couch said treating Meth addiction is difficult because they cannot use medicated assisted treatments that can be used for opioid addiction.

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