By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on September 15, 2021
In the past several days, rumors have spread on social media and elsewhere that there were a staggering 11 drug overdoses in Manteo over the past weekend. The Dare County Sheriff’s office has confirmed that it is investigating a case involving three individuals – two of whom died and one who was hospitalized — who were found in a Manteo residence on Sept. 13. Sheriff Doug Doughtie has stated that there is still no known cause of death in that case.
In a brief interview with the Voice on Sept. 15, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, when asked about rumors of nearly a dozen overdoses, said the department “has not been notified of eleven overdoses or received calls about eleven overdoses.” The department, he said, responded to the residence where the three individuals whose cause of death is under investigation were found.
The official added that even if they are not aware of it, the sheriff’s office can’t categorically rule out that 11 drug overdoses occurred in a brief time period, adding that that if anyone has knowledge of such incidents, they should call the Dare County 911 Communications Center at 252-473-3444 or the Dare County Sherriff’s office at 252-475-5980.