Carteret Co. Sheriff’s Office saves first life using anti-opiate drug

BEAUFORT, N.C. (WNCT) – The Carteret County Sheriff’s Office saved their first life using the anti-opiate drug naloxone in response to a suspected drug overdose last month.

Sheriff’s deputy Chad Honeycutt said he arrived at a suspected overdose off 9 Mile Road before an ambulance arrived.

“(I) found the young female slumped over the bathtub having a hard time breathing,” said Honeycutt. “Her eyes were rolled back into the back of her head. “

Honeycutt had the naloxone on him when he went inside.

He said he “used the naloxone to administer it into her nose; gave her the full dose and stood by her until EMS arrived on the scene.”

Carteret County Sheriff’s Office recently received the naloxone kits with the help of Project Lazarus, which prepares deputies to respond to the scene of a drug overdose.

“Over quite a few years we’ve been having we’ve been having a hard amount and a large amount of drug overdoses, accidental and self-induced,” said Cpt. Dennis Barber. “Over a period of time we’ve learned that with the North Carolina Good Samaritan Act, we were able to start administering naxolone through law enforcement. “

Barber said by having the kits in the cars, he feels they Sheriff’s Office can better protect victims from a drug overdose.

“If we could save one life…that really matters to us,” Barber said.

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