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First responders see spike in overdose calls

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The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

An increase in overdose calls to the Greenville Fire-Rescue and Greenville Police Department prompted officials to issue a warning on Monday.

A news release from Fire-Rescue on Monday afternoon said the agency had responded to 12 emergency medical calls regarding overdoses in 24 hours.

“After seeing such a surge, we would like to take this opportunity to remind the public of the dangers associated not only with illegal drug use, but the abuse of prescription drugs,” the warning said.

Each fire and EMS units is stocked with Narcan kits, which in many cases, can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, but the dangers are significant, the release said.

“We ask for the community’s support in helping spread the word that there is a danger facing our area. There seems to be some new batch of drugs in town causing several residents to overdose,” Fire-Rescue Chief Eric Griffin said in the report.

“We’ve encountered at least a dozen patients that have presented with overdose-type symptoms, and so far, we’ve been fortunate enough to get them all back with medical intervention.”

All first responders are working with the community to mitigate this threat before it affects any more residents, the chief said.

“Please remember, calling 9-1-1 can make the difference between life and death. The Good Samaritan Law provides legal protection for those who assist a person in danger or experiencing a medical emergency.”

Both Greenville Fire-Rescue and Greenville Police Department will assist anyone who calls 9-1-1, the release said.

“Please help us spread the word to the community,” the chief said.

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