GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — Greenville’s Fire and Rescue has responded to seven overdoses, including one person who died, within the past 24 hours, Chief Eric Griffin said at a news conference Friday morning.
From January 2017 to June 2017, Greenville Fire and Rescue teams have responded to 158 overdoses.
Since 2014, overdoses have spiked to more than 23 percent in Pitt County.
Griffin said fire and rescue teams are working diligently to decrease cases.
“It has taken more resources to be able to provide this care throughout the community,” said Chief Harris. “I think it is still a very important intervention that we doing and we know there are a lot more people out there that are having these issues.”
Chief Griffin stressed the importance of helping the public deal with this issue and says the number one priority is to make sure people seek out help when they need it.
“This is a community wide issue and it’s going to take a community wide response in order to eradicate it,” said Chief Harris.
EMS units are stocked with Narcan kits, in the event of a response to an overdose. Narcan is used in a lot of cases to reverse the effects of an overdose.
Despite the city’s efforts, Pitt County sheriff Neil Elks says it is a community effort.
“It’s a major problem, we hear it everyday on the news, we have to get serious about this,” says Sheriff Elks. “Not just me but everybody has got to get serious about this.”
The fire department is not the only agency to help minimize overdose cases, but the Greenville Police Department is jumping in to help.