Police respond to 66 overdose incidents in 2020 

By on December 16, 2020

Partial tally shows 335 local drug arrests

 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 ‚ÄúLazarus Drug‚ÄĚ 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  
Overdose incidents 27
Naloxone use: 15 doses (for 11 people)
Narcotics Cases: 136
Narcotics Arrests: 101
Nags Head PD  
Overdose incidents: 4
Naloxone Use: 1
Narcotics cases: N/R
Narcotics Arrests: 169
Manteo PD  
Overdose incidents: 9
Naloxone Use: 2
Narcotics cases: 17
Narcotics arrests: 13
Dare County  
Overdose incidents: 14
Naloxone Use:   10
Narcotics cases: N/R
Narcotics arrests: N/R
Duck PD  
Overdose incidents: 1
Naloxone Use: 1
Narcotics cases: N/R
Narcotics arrests: 3
Southern Shores PD  
Overdose incidents: 4
Naloxone Use: 4
Narcotics cases: 87
Narcotics arrests: 49
Kitty Hawk PD  
Overdose incidents: 7
Naloxone Use: 6
Narcotics Cases: 35
Narcotics Arrests: N/R

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  • hightider

    Are the 66 OD’s all different people or are some repeaters?

    Wednesday, Dec 16 @ 8:00 pm
  • Jackie Harris

    I think the numbers are wrong!, Just did a search of this paper and found in the first 4 article’s that the Dare Sheriffs have made arrest and this report shows Non Reported??. The article states 3 jurisdictions not reporting?? Which one’s I count 7 reported from the report and cannot see which the three could be??. Maybe they are using the same counting machines the election committee used!

    Thursday, Dec 17 @ 8:40 am
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Jackie, the Dare County Sheriff’s office did make drug arrests in 2020. But the N/R symbol next to that category in our story means it did not report those numbers to the Saving Lives Task Force for the purposes of the report that it released yesterday. When we said that three jurisdictions did not report, you can see the N/R next to the narcotics cases for Dare County, Duck and Nags Head.

    Thursday, Dec 17 @ 9:14 am
  • sandflea

    The reason the election machines didn’t work was because Fauci captured Hugo Chavez’s dead spirit in a petri dish and then manufactured it into millions and millions of doses with the help of Bill Gates. Then, they injected the spirits into the voting machines which changed at least 100 million votes from Trump to Biden and Fauci is making billions of $$$!!
    Btw, you don’t need to put a period after a question mark.

    Thursday, Dec 17 @ 3:12 pm
  • Obxboxer

    And those numbers are just the ones where the cops were involved. Many more are brought to the hospital, just left somewhere or family administers naloxone. It is sad. Police aren’t nurses so I believe that they shouldn’t be administering drugs but it is apparent that it is needed. Stats like this might make me change my mind on that.

    Thursday, Dec 17 @ 5:22 pm
  • Southern as it gets

    I wonder why Wanchese isn’t included. Its been hiding its ways for centuries.

    Friday, Dec 18 @ 12:09 am
  • eastern as it gets

    It is included, Wanchese is Roanoke Island. Who is this sandflea nut job?!?! HAHAHA Trump lost the popular vote 2 elections in a row and not because of any silly reason. It is simply because more people voted for Biden. No one cares if you like the results. BTW this is a story about our local drug issues and what the PD is reporting and naloxone uses.

    Friday, Dec 18 @ 4:37 pm
  • David Ridgeway

    What a mess!

    I think the state legislature should be moved to Wanchese so they will feel at home.

    And the little tussle about naloxone?
    What was the sense of even tabulating that?

    David Ridgeway
    Raleigh, NC

    Sunday, Dec 20 @ 4:22 am