Greenville Fire and Rescue sees spike in overdose calls in last 12 hours

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville Fire and Rescue said on Wednesday that they’ve seen a spike in overdose calls in the last 12 hours.

On Wednesday alone, they assisted 5 patients. Three of them overdosed on heroin.

Greenville Fire and Rescue is now working with Greenville Police to determine if the cases are linked.

So far, no deaths have been reported. All five people are in their early to mid-twenties and they were all transported to Vidant Medical Center.

Rebekah Thurston with Greenville Fire-Rescue said she doesn’t want the public to think Narcan is a miracle drug.

“It will not help with all overdoses, and so that’s something we want people to know too,” she said. “We prefer, while we do have the kits, and they can be the difference between life and death, we prefer not to get to that point.”

During the spike, GPD spokeswoman, Kristen Hunter, wants to remind you of North Carolina’s Good Samaritan law and encourages everyone  to call 911. Immunity can be provided for bystanders who call for emergency help during an overdose.

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