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Deputies combat drug overdose with drug

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -
The Pitt County Sheriff's Office announces an initiative--first in the state-- that could help save the lives of people overdosing on opioid. 

When responding to a medical call time is of the essence. Deputies are finding more and more people unconscious from drug overdoses.
"We have many stories we can tell. We arrive on scene and find a patient with a needle in their arm or a very young person who shouldn't be lying there, suffering from cardiac arrest." Sheriff Neil Elks said. 
     
In Pitt County the average EMS response time is 10 to 15 minutes and in many cases the sheriff's office is the first to arrive.
     
"We are the first responders." Elks said. But without any training and tools to combat the problem, drug users are dying.
    
That was the case with Michael Carden, he died in 2012 after having a relapse. 
    
On Thursday, his mother Diannee Carden-Glenn is fighting for other addicts. She says they deserve a second chance. "None of them deserve to die. After you die, you can't get better."
     
The Pitt County Sheriff's Office is deploying the Narcan initiative. Deputies say by administering Narcan, moments after arriving on scene, the drug can reverse the effects of pain meds.
Opioids like oxycodone and morphine actually stop or slow someone's breathing. This quick and easy approach, now in the hands of law enforcements works in minutes, it's something Carden-Glenn is completely in support of and one her son would be proud of. "I think he'd say, you go mom.”
     
Narcan is available to people as well. Your doctor can prescribe you the medication. However, the emphasis is not for users to use this as a crutch..rather a life saving tool.
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