By Outer Banks Voice on December 16, 2020
The Savings Lives Task Force has released these statistics for the year 2020 that are reported by local law enforcement agencies and provide an accounting of how often their officers encounter drug-related cases as well as drug overdoses.
The numbers are not complete in all categories, but they provide one way of looking at the extent of the problem. For example, local law enforcement officers in 2020 have administered 39 doses of the life-saving drug Naloxone, which can help overdose victims revive and survive what could be an otherwise lethal overdose.
All totaled, there have been 66 overdose incidents this year in Dare County and its six municipalities, with Kill Devil Hills leading the way at 27. An overdose incident is a call where law enforcement responds to someone experiencing an overdose.
Naloxone use means the number of times law enforcement used NARCAN/Naloxone to help treat and revive an overdose victim. In total, the so-calked “Lazarus Drug” has been used 39 times in the past year, with Kill Devil Hills topping the list at 15 doses.
With three jurisdictions not reporting numbers, there have been 275 narcotics cases this past year, with virtually half of them (136) in Kill Devil Hills. Narcotics cases are situations that law enforcement personnel respond to that involve some sort of drugs or drug paraphernalia.
Finally, there are the narcotics arrests, when a charge was brought for illegal drugs or paraphernalia. Two jurisdictions did not report those numbers here, but of the other five, there have been a total of 335 arrests, with Nags Head recording the most at 169.
|Kill Devil Hills PD|
|Naloxone use:||15 doses (for 11 people)|
|Nags Head PD|
|Southern Shores PD|
|Kitty Hawk PD|