Pair of drug overdose deaths reported in Kill Devil Hills

By on April 18, 2018

Size of a lethal dose of Fentanyl. (DEA)

Kill Devil Hills Police say two men died from apparent drug overdoses in separate incidents in recent days.

A 51-year-old man from Virginia Beach died Friday night after police responded to a call in the 1700 block of Sobel Street.

On Sunday afternoon, a 43-year-old man from Kill Devil Hills was found dead at a home in the 300 block of Wallace Street.


Heroin was the drug used by the victims, according to a police department release.

Further testing of substances found at the scene are being conducted at a lab to determine if the powerful opioid Fentanyl was involved.

“Due to growing concerns about exposure to heroin combined with Fentanyl, on-scene drug testing of suspected heroin is rarely done by investigators,” the department stated.

Fentanyl is up to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the Centers for Disease control. Three milligrams of fentanyl is equivalent to about 30 milligrams of heroin.



  • Obxmermaid

    Why do we even have police? Do they do anything to protect us? Absolutely not! When there is a car wreck what do they Do? They block the roads both ways for hours? Do they solve the issue? Why don’t we get rid of the KDH police? Get rid of the new tall Incompetent dog catcher? It is getting much worse folks! And the tourists havent shown up?

    Wednesday, Apr 18 @ 10:35 pm
  • Manteo Guy

    So, it’s the cops fault that these people are idiots. With every decision you make there are consequences. You make the decision to use that crap, you make the decision that you don’t care to die and you don’t care about your family or friends. I used to have sympathy for these people now I only have sympathy for their family and friends and that is starting to wane too because they blame everyone but the person who does the drugs. It’s their own fault whether the drug has been laced with something or not. They are the ones making the choice to stick this in their arm or between their toes or wherever they stick it. Yes addiction is a bad thing the problem with addiction it starts with that person making the choice to do it in the first place. Again, I sympathize with the families but it’s not the cops fault they have enough stupid crap to deal with than these idiots ticket crap in their bodies.

    Thursday, Apr 19 @ 6:35 am
  • David

    What do you want the cops to do? Maybe set up road blocks at the bridges and search every car that enters the beach For drugs. Or every person should get a cop to stand next to them and prevent drug use. Personal responsibility. The situation is sad and messed up but not the fault of the police.

    Thursday, Apr 19 @ 6:55 am
  • Bud

    The demise of the outer banks is happening before our eyes. Mostly due to yankee mindsets. We very much need less tourism in the summer and more in the other three seasons.


    Thursday, Apr 19 @ 7:00 am
  • Chief1

    Obxmermaid is totally out of touch with reality! Without police, I do hope you have an AR-15 and a sawed-off shotgun to protect your property. And, without police, if you’re leaving your home, you better be carrying to protect yourself as there will be no one to protect you. Did you ever think the police block the roads so emergency vehicles can get through to help the accident victims? Yes, getting rid of the police will make it much safer for everyone.

    Thursday, Apr 19 @ 7:31 am
  • Yawn

    This fentanyl is a game changer…gonna solve the war on drugs. I’m liking it. Hopefully the find the dealer and charge them with murder.

    Thursday, Apr 19 @ 7:43 am
  • Dave H

    We need a new approach to replace the futile war on drugs which has continued for over forty years with no sign of success. The only thing it has produced is an ever expanding bureaucracy dedicated to fighting drugs. Drugs should be legalized, and treatment made readily available to users should they want to clean up. Heavily tax the products and their purveyors. Their clients will eventually either wise up or die off as a result of their poor choices.

    Thursday, Apr 19 @ 8:11 am
  • jackie harris

    A lot of the problem is because the Justice system is not being able or not handing out stiff enough sentences! Most of the LE that I know are just as disappointed about as the public they are trying to do there JOB but being hampered by the DO GOODERS! that think every one should be treated like a 2 year old when it comes to punishment!

    Thursday, Apr 19 @ 8:36 am
  • Daniel

    Obxmermaid surely is trolling. What a joke of a comment.

    Thursday, Apr 19 @ 8:47 am
  • dave

    One word: DARWIN

    Thursday, Apr 19 @ 10:38 am
  • dave

    @ Jackie: Yeah, like the DEATH SENTENCE prevents people from killing each other.

    Thursday, Apr 19 @ 12:38 pm
  • Ignorance is Bliss

    Clearly Bud is trolling to as that is the most ignorant comment yet.

    Thursday, Apr 19 @ 1:28 pm
  • Tarheel

    The Dare County Task Force does an AMAZING job!! Unfortunately there is not a single judge who takes their job as seriously as the officers. Time and time again judges throw out multiple charges, some very serious felony drug charges, like borderline trafficking charges. Start punishing the trash dealers and it will not take long to see a difference in our community. It’s the same people arrested over and over and judges continue to dismiss charges. It’s disgusting. Help is already readily available for the addict (unlikely to be asked for or taken seriously by said addict) but get the scum bag dealers off the streets.

    Thursday, Apr 19 @ 3:59 pm
  • Wojo207

    OBXMERMAID, sounds ignorant enough to be the next OD

    Thursday, Apr 19 @ 4:52 pm
  • Mari

    There’s only three ways one can go with heroin – prison, rehab, or the cemetary. There’s plenty of proof over the years that heroin is a dead end ( I remember seeing and hearing about it’s effects back in the 1960’s as a kid. ) If they are dumb enough to make the choice to use that garbage, they deserve what happens to them. And the cops have nothing to with that.

    Thursday, Apr 19 @ 5:29 pm
  • surf123

    If you are counting on the police to help you during a robbery or home invasion you will be let down when they don’t show up immediately. This is not to put them down, but is the reality that they cannot be everywhere.

    We have applied downward pressure on the prescribed opioids only to end up with people moving to Fentanyl and heroine. Neither are good, but at least opioids have a lower kill rate. The courts are to blame for this nonsense as the police can only arrest.

    Thursday, Apr 19 @ 5:53 pm
  • Mike Evans

    Hey Dave,
    The death sentence works in Baltimore. It’s a behavioral deterrence to the people who live there to testify in court against drug slingers. You don’t testify, you live. Also, Obxmermaid, there is case law that states that the Police are not responsible to protect you, as they cannot. Go after the sources of the drugs. Do treatment as best that you can, as I’m for that as a part of the strategy. Want to help the Police? Lock your house doors and your car doors. Simple isn’t it?

    Thursday, Apr 19 @ 6:29 pm
  • tammy olving

    Obxmermaid, you clearly are an idiot! KDH police do a fantastic job protecting and serving our town. We all need to support our local police officers. I’m pretty sure if someone is breaking into your house you will call them to help you. Also the Dog catcher is called an Animal Control Officer, so get your facts straight. What does the fact that he is tall have to do with anything???? Seems to me you are the incompetent one here. It’s not the police officers fault that the use of drugs is so bad. Addiction is a disease, and sadly enough it is killing people here on the OBX. Instead of blasting your ignorant comments on here, try volunteering somewhere…go make a difference. Oh and for the record my son is a Police officer in Dare County, and that incompetent “animal control officer ” is my husband. Usually people who don’t like cops are the people that break the law. Have a nice night….bless you heart!!

    Thursday, Apr 19 @ 7:57 pm
  • Scales of Balance

    People in this thread poo-pooing everything, including other posters, with their own anecdotal opinions. Maybe one day we can have honest discourse without tripping over the preponderance of logical fallacies.

    Thursday, Apr 19 @ 9:32 pm
  • Really?

    Look at the issue in Wanchese earlier this week. “A woman was treated at the scene by Dare County EMS and the Roanoke Island Fire Department, then taken to the Outer Banks Hospital where she recovered and released.” There’s the problem, wasting all those resources to be simply released to go and be a junkie again. If law enforcement is so hamstrung they can’t even arrest someone at least make them reimburse all the agencies involved that had to waste their valuable time and money saving your junkie a$$. Arresting the dealer for murder is all fine but to let the user walk as if they have no responsibility is a joke! You’re not a victim if you purposely harm yourself.

    Friday, Apr 20 @ 8:10 am
  • dave

    So Mike, you’re saying we should have our society ruled by mob “law”? I do agree to go after the drug manufacturer’s.

    Friday, Apr 20 @ 9:21 am
  • dave

    @ Marie: Methadone treatment only has about a 1-2% success rate. Full treatment with proper counseling and meds, support groups, etc is about 17-18% success rate. Bottom line is, is that these people WANT to be on heroin/opioids. Cant wait for the Methadone clinic to open up in Nags Head. Heroin/opioid addicts lie, steal, cheat and destroy families and friendships.

    Friday, Apr 20 @ 11:21 am
  • acumen


    Legislatures made it to where overdose victims cannot be charged with any illegal substances found.

    Makes no sense. Civilly, at least charge to pants off if them to get the money back spent to save them for their choices.

    Friday, Apr 20 @ 4:24 pm
  • Windy Bill

    Something is seriously wrong with the people who use fentanyl or heroin. Yet there is constant hand wringing about saving them. Why?
    What % actually stop?

    Friday, Apr 20 @ 6:34 pm
  • Obxjr

    “Really?” The woman that overdosed in the morning in Wanchese is in jail. People….we need to think logistically. Historically, our forefathers gave us as citizens rights and that is called, “The Constitution”. There is a purpose and reason for all law enforcement’s actions. No one can be arrested without due cause; with the “due cause” there must be evidence, otherwise the arrest is worthless. The Dare County Task Force arrested the drug dealer the very same night of the overdoses and he currently is in our Dare County detention center.

    “Tarheel”…right on! If it weren’t for the Dare County Task Force and law enforcement, our beautiful community could be so much worse…

    As for the heroin, it’s a disease. Addiction is a disease, just like the person that’s hooked on caffeine and has to have coffee every morning, or the people that are smoking cigarettes…the list goes on. No, I myself in no way condon it, but I understand it’s an addiction and once hooked, the user lives for the next fix. This is where the problem lies….the addiction.

    Rather than bash our law enforcement, why don’t we walk in their shoes and try to figure a better way to handle the condemning issues which are plaguing our community. Until then, I thank our law enforcement men & women who put their lives on the line each and every day to protect us and our communities.

    Saturday, Apr 21 @ 11:38 am
  • Lisa

    Lots of judgement here. Not an insignificant number of opioid addicted people got that way through LEGAL opioids prescribed inappropriately for things like back pain, etc. Heroin is cheaper than prescription drugs and more readily available. If you haven’t felt the grip of addiction, you cannot understand how compelling it is. This problem is at least in part caused by our own government mandating pain control through JC directives, and then attaching reimbursement to satisfaction scores in hospitals.
    This can happen to anyone.

    Sunday, Apr 22 @ 7:52 am
  • Sean

    It isn’t the LE it’s the addict. DON’T BLAME THE POLICE AS THEY WILL BE ONE OF THE ONES THAT JUST MIGHT SAVE YOUR LIFE SOME DAY. if the police are on you it’s for a reason. Period don’t blame them for blocking traffic. It might be you in that car wreck.

    Sunday, Apr 22 @ 7:52 am
  • Sean

    This is to anyone who can comprehend what they read. Why don’t we all DO BETTER. And put the police dept out of business. By being a better society and treat everyone with due respect. Then we wouldn’t need as many police men or women.. wouldn’t it be a better place. While we’re at it wouldn’t it be nice if prisons went out of business because lack of people to put in there. It’s our fault not the police or court system

    Sunday, Apr 22 @ 8:03 am
  • hightider

    Quit supplying LE and first responders with Narcan. All it does is revive an ungrateful addict so he or she can break in your home to steal for the next fix. Fentanyl sounds like a better option for people who have given up on life.

    Monday, Apr 23 @ 9:58 am
  • Really?

    @Obxjr, how dumb can you be? Same as people craving a cup of coffee?? One of the more ignorant comments on here. When’s the last time someone broke into a home or business to get money for a cup of Starbucks? Not a disease, it’s a choice made daily to continue being junkies or seek treatment. Sad state of affairs when modern law enforcement can leave their side arms in the car but need an overdose kit in their holster.

    Monday, Apr 23 @ 2:07 pm
  • dave

    @ Really? When was the last time someone robbed a bank for a bag of weed?…..just sayin’.

    Monday, Apr 23 @ 5:11 pm
  • Ted

    Legalize all drugs. Let nature do its thing. Obviously, people are still getting the stuff.

    Tuesday, Apr 24 @ 10:43 am
  • acumen

    Regardless of what you believe, you’ve either been graced by Him with Free Will, or you simply have Free Will as a random clump of cells lucky enough to have developed self awareness.

    Either way, your choices are yours, and not some predisposition to be an addict (aka “disease”). Stop giving people an out by saying it is a disease. Treat it as a choice and punish accordingly, either via natural selection or Law saying you are an idiot; go to jail for being an idiot.

    Wednesday, Apr 25 @ 10:54 pm
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