Twice in Wanchese, deputies save OD’d women from death

By on September 7, 2016

Dare County Sheriff’s deputies arrived in time to save the lives of two women found not breathing after drug overdoses in two different cases in Wanchese late last month.

In the first instance, the Sheriff’s Office was alerted Aug. 21 of an unconscious person from a possible overdose.

An investigator who had been on the way out of town for training took the call and was able to revive the woman with Naloxone, a medicine used to block the effects of opioids, a Sheriff’s Office statement said.

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Emergency Medical Services subsequently stablized the woman, and she was taken to The Outer Banks Hospital.

On Aug. 29, the Sheriff’s Office was again sent to Wanchese after an overdose was reported.  A deputy first administered Naloxone and tried unsuccessfully to wake an unconscious woman up. Investigators arrived within minutes and gave her another shot of the medication, but she was still not breathing.

They then administered mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, which finally revived her. EMS arrived and stablized the woman before she was taken to The Outer Banks Hospital for treatment.

“There have been several deaths recently from overdoses in Dare County,” the statement said. “If you are addicted to heroin please understand that not every officer who arrives will have Naloxone. Seek help for your addiction before it is too late.”

Home page photo from www.narcan.com.

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