KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – The Kinston Department of Public Safety distributed “Narcan Kits” to all of its uniformed officers as it braces for a possible spike in heroin overdoses.
“We are hearing intel reports that…opium, heroin, morphine is making a comeback,” Sgt. Roland Davis said.
Narcan is a drug injected through the nose that essentially blocks opiates like heroin from taking effect.
Officers received the kits and training from Lenoir Emergency Medical Services for free.
“We’re not waiting for someone to die here from an opium overdose,” Sgt. Davis said.
Back in March, Greenville Police and Fire-Rescue responded to at least seven overdoses from fentanyl-laced heroin. In at least four of those cases, officers or paramedics used Narcan saving that person’s life.
Lieutenant Carlton Williams used the drug to save the lives of two of those people.
“When we arrive on the scene, the first thing that we ask is, ‘has there been any illegal drug use?'” Lt. Williams said. “‘I’m not asking because I’m the police. I’m asking because i want to help them.”