Seven heroin overdoses in Guilford Co. over past 24 hours

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. – High Point police and Guilford EMS workers are putting out an emergency warning about a spike in heroin overdoses they’ve seen in recent weeks.

In the last 24 hours, Guilford EMS responded to seven heroin overdoses.

Guilford EMS Director Jim Albright said historically they treat 6-12 patients a month in the county, so the recent spike is alarming.

Most of the patients were in respiratory distress when they arrived and at least one was in cardiac arrest. He or she is still in critical condition.

There have been 39 heroin overdoses in High Point since the end of last year.

Captain Michael Kirk said people need to realize overdoses and deaths are increasing locally and nationally.

“It is very, very addictive, and it is very dangerous. You’re playing with your life every time you stick a needle in your arm,” he said. “You’re buying from someone that you don’t know who’s made it with ingredients you’re not aware of.”

Albright explained, “There is a likelihood that it’s being mixed with something called [a synthetic opioid] Acetyl fentanyl…  it is anticipated that it has a potency of greater than 40 times that of heroin.”

They say users are playing “Russian roulette” every time they inject or ingest heroin. While some people snort the drug, most are using needles. They said an overdose can happen within seconds, and officers told FOX8 the needle is often still in a person’s body when they arrive at a scene.

Officers encouraged family members or friends not to be afraid to call for help and said they would not arrest or charge someone who was helping someone get medical care.

EMS workers are using a narcotic antagonist, or “narcan,” to revive patients who stop breathing. Albright said a recent Good Samaritan law in North Carolina allows caregivers to also get a prescription for narcan in order to administer it to a family member or who overdosed.

An overdose can happen within seconds of injection. Narcan is needed within minutes, he added. “Please realize patients not breathing only have four to six minutes before they’ll end up in cardiac arrest and potentially brain dead,” Albright explained.

While he did not know of community groups advocating for home use of narcan here in the Piedmont yet, Albright said it is becoming more popular around the state.

29 of the 39 High Point overdoses involved white males.

Police said overall they could not specify a local “face” of heroin use. Patients’ ages, genders, ethnicities and financial backgrounds varied. It’s happening in all parts of the city.

Local investigators are working with the State Bureau of Investigation to track drug dealers and heroin sources.

25 comments

  • Espanol

    Hang out at Sutton Way bar and you will get some off the streets. Drug runners in there every night!

    • Apothecleric

      Everyone knows or has known someone that uses, abuses, or is addicted to hard drugs; at the very least someone else who has a loved one struggling with it. I just assume anyone that has no sympathy for people directly involved in or affected by all of this, probably doesn’t have a clue what they are talking about anyway. And for them I would suggest turning off the TV and reading a book.

      I hate to see that those who are unable to function without an illegal substance (there addiction often times born out of pseudo-addiction, psychological problems, lack of opportunity, or being raised into it in one way or another) are labeled criminals for following an impulse that at one time was an evolutionary benefit for our species. Drug use is an interspecies phenomenon. The only people benefiting from the drug war is specific law enforcement (created their job), Courts and prisons (seizures, fines, and free labor), politicians get to use it as an easy scapegoat, pharmaceutical companies for so many reasons I shouldn’t have to list any, and those responsible for drug manufacturing and trafficking who will always exist because of supply and demand.

      There is strongly supported evidence that basically every social ill a society faces, directly correlates to the divide between the richest and poorest of that society. And new studies show that rats who are given the opportunity to inject themselves with addictive drugs, will dabble in the drug, but if given other stimuli or opportunity they will only see it as a minor curiosity instead of how they wish to spend every waking hour.

      This rash of overdoses was born out of prescription pain drug restrictions being implemented. I was told this was implemented in specific areas, the Triad being one of them but I haven’t found out yet if there is truth to the specifics of what I was told. However, it opened up a great market for the parasitic, habitual criminal type that doesn’t care who dies as long as the money keeps coming in. Almost comically, it will also prove to be beneficial for law enforcement, the courts, politicians, news programs, and many others. In the meantime, after all I’ve said and all the facts I could spout here, it only makes sense to continue imprisoning the addicted, not treating the underlying issues, destroying any chance of real opportunity and chance of a new life for both the low level drug dealers and drug addicts by labeling them a felon forever which basically dooms them to a life of the same garbage.

      End the drug war.

      Veering off here, but maybe one or two will pick up what I’m putting down….
      Confiscate stagnant wealth in the hands of the wealthiest among us who call America their home and made their money here then use it to revive this once great country, bringing opportunity to all including those who feel so hopeless that habitual drug abuse is an improvement to their actual reality.

      I could go on forever. I’ll just shut up after saying its time to turn off the TV and educate yourself, because while an uneducated, unsympathetic opinion is allowed, its detrimental to democracy…. WOW oops, oligarchic inverted totalitarianism doesn’t really place much weight in it’s citizens being educated with facts. Oh well, we’re %@#&!*

  • Paul

    If you are willing to inject heroin into your body, you are aware how incredibly risky and stupid it is. Limited sympathy from me.

  • Thomas Noell

    Stop shooting heroin and you’ll stop death by overdose….simple enough? And if I can stop drinking, they can stop shooting up! I agree with Paul….little sympathy here.

    • Harry hood

      You clearly don’t understand heroin addiction. Having limited sympathy on something you know zero percent about is soulless

  • news2me

    Very Shocking and Very Sad.

    7 overdoses in 24 hours…..1 in critical condition….5 died in recent months…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So good that we are getting this news.

    What do we look for?
    How can the public help?

  • news2me

    When I say it is good that we are getting this news….I mean it is good that the public is being made aware of this Deadly Drug…

    I hope it is in the news everyday. Maybe the public can do something to help.

    Keep our eyes open……Look for signs…

    If we know what to look for ….???

      • Ericka

        How dare you be so shallow? Have u ever been addicted to something? Have you ever had nothing else for your life except a temporary high? A needle hanging out of his arm?! Uh next! Your an idiot! That’s what’s wrong now a days. These people need help. Not to be criticized like this!

  • InventorNC

    Five out of seven not breathing when EMS arrived? Are they going to be brain dead now? I don’t understand this. What can EMS do when the patient is that far gone? Yeah, get them breathing again but are those people not gonna be vegetables–if they survive.

  • InventorNC

    Whoever has heard of a junkie not able to find a supply of drugs. Just like alcohol during Prohibition! And as for alcohol we just do not have the money or the political system that would allow us to shut off all the sources Better to do as we did for alcohol. Make it legal and tax it. And monitor the quality of the junk. And stop jailing offenders so we don’t have room for the real offenders. Like child molesters.

  • Amy

    Why is the graphic chosen one that splits this issue by race and gender? Wasn’t there an old standby clip art of a syringe on file? Or is this another way to seek advertising by enraging the internet public and causing a comments war?

    That said it’s awful that heroin is back in style. There are no easy answers but curbing the over prescribing of opiates is definatley a start.

  • Apothecleric

    Everyone knows or has known someone that uses, abuses, or is addicted to hard drugs; at the very least someone else who has a loved one struggling with it. I just assume anyone that has no sympathy for people directly involved in or affected by all of this, probably doesn’t have a clue what they are talking about anyway. And for them I would suggest turning off the TV and reading a book.
    I hate to see that those who are unable to function without an illegal substance (there addiction often times born out of pseudo-addiction, psychological problems, lack of opportunity, or being raised into it in one way or another) are labeled criminals for following an impulse that at one time was an evolutionary benefit for our species. Drug use is an interspecies phenomenon. The only people benefiting from the drug war is specific law enforcement (created their job), Courts and prisons (seizures, fines, and free labor), politicians get to use it as an easy scapegoat, pharmaceutical companies for so many reasons I shouldn’t have to list any, and those responsible for drug manufacturing and trafficking who will always exist because of supply and demand.
    There is strongly supported evidence that basically every social ill a society faces, directly correlates to the divide between the richest and poorest of that society. And new studies show that rats who are given the opportunity to inject themselves with addictive drugs, will dabble in the drug, but if given other stimuli or opportunity they will only see it as a minor curiosity instead of how they wish to spend every waking hour.
    This rash of overdoses was born out of prescription pain drug restrictions being implemented. I was told this was implemented in specific areas, the Triad being one of them but I haven’t found out yet if there is truth to the specifics of what I was told. However, it opened up a great market for the parasitic, habitual criminal type that doesn’t care who dies as long as the money keeps coming in. Almost comically, it will also prove to be beneficial for law enforcement, the courts, politicians, news programs, and many others. In the meantime, after all I’ve said and all the facts I could spout here, it only makes sense to continue imprisoning the addicted, not treating the underlying issues, destroying any chance of real opportunity and chance of a new life for both the low level drug dealers and drug addicts by labeling them a felon forever which basically dooms them to a life of the same garbage.
    End the drug war.
    Veering off here, but maybe one or two will pick up what I’m putting down….
    Confiscate stagnant wealth in the hands of the wealthiest among us who call America their home and made their money here then use it to revive this once great country, bringing opportunity to all including those who feel so hopeless that habitual drug abuse is an improvement to their actual reality.
    I could go on forever. I’ll just shut up after saying its time to turn off the TV and educate yourself, because while an uneducated, unsympathetic opinion is allowed, its detrimental to democracy…. WOW oops, oligarchic inverted totalitarianism doesn’t really place much weight in it’s citizens being educated with facts. Oh well, we’re %@#&!*

  • Harry hood

    Mitragyna speciosa… Helping people relieve the need for heroin for a while. You people should do more research on why we are still at war in the Middle East. Terrorism is a hoax and oil is only part of it.

  • thatruth

    Seem like it wasn’t a problem till its more white dying from it than blacks I say good for them they died doing what they loved

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