Sharp increase in heroin overdoses in Guilford County

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Paramedics and anti-drug advocates are continuing to see a high number of heroin-related overdoses in Guilford County.

High Point Police report 60 overdoses so far this year compared to 17 reported all of last year. They report eight deaths in the city this year because of heroin.

EMS Captain John Golden is stationed in High Point. "The hospital had 15 overdose patients in one weekend," he said.

Firefighters and paramedics in the county carry Naloxone, also called Narcan. It is the antidote that reverses an opioid overdose, Golden explained.

It's an FDA-approved legal prescription that heroin and opiate users and their families can keep on hand in case of an overdose.

Louise Vincent works with The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition. She has a master’s degree in Public Health and has worked with addiction and overdose prevention for 10 years.

"I'm getting more phone calls than I've ever gotten since I've done this work," she pointed out.

Through NCHRC's Overdose Prevention Project, Vincent helps give out rescue kits in the Triad that include naloxone.

According to NCHRC, 68 percent of overdose-reversals they've documented happened in Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem.

Vincent says she's successfully helped revive people with Narcan six times in the last week.

The group has dispensed over 2,400 overdose rescue kits in the state since August of last year. They confirmed 95 life-saving overdose reversals so far.

Accessing the medicine became easier because North Carolina's 911 Good Samaritan/Access to Naloxone law passed last year.

"I'm a believer that any life saved is positive," added Vincent. "Addiction is a complex problem and there is no simple solution."

But she believes Naloxone could be a big piece of the puzzle to help people survive.

Guilford EMS is hoping to start distribute information to people who overdose in the Piedmont.

Crisis/ Emergency & Referral Services

Sandhills Mobile Crisis (Mental Health) 800-256-2452


Monarch 855-986-1763

Cone BH 336-832-9700

Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS) 336-333-6860

Project Lazarus Partnership for Community Care 336-553-4463

High Point:

High Point Behavioral Health 336-878-6098

RHA 8am-4pm 336-899-1505

Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS) 336-882-2125

North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition and Info about obtaining a Narcan kit:


  • Diane Purcell

    Heroin is an evil drug – it not only is highly addictive, it completely melts the frontal lobes of the human brain. So many mentally ill and emotionally ill choose this drug over prescribed drugs (and that’s IF they can even manage to get on a regular schedule of prescription drugs!), not realizing, or caring, that it makes their judgment and illnesses worse. This is so sad.

  • Bo Diddley

    Yeah, revive them is they can do it all over again a few weeks later. Face it, these losers aren’t going to cure any diseases or invent something amazing. Just allow the circle of life to work its magic.

    • Kate

      I’m a recovering heroin addict in my final year of med school. I may not cure any diseases but if you were sick and I could help you, I would.

  • Jersey

    Just shut down Sutton Way Bar & Grill and you will solve alot of these drug problems! That place is a mess with it all!

    • dawn

      r a pos for even saying that , sinner you need a wake up call , if someone in your family needed help im sure youd be there for them, or maybe not,

  • Thankful

    Much love to all the people out there struggling. There’s hope. You are worth saving. You are beautiful. People love you.

  • dawn

    its easy to sit behind your computer and judge!! if your family has ben effected by this you know what im talking about, if not hush your mouth it doesnt concern you, we should all be praying for everyone no matter what

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