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.

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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.

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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.

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Comments

  • 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

    @Really?

    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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