HIGH POINT, N.C. — Police in High Point say heroin is an issue they’ve made a point to address and they think their efforts are changing drug behaviors. From not only policing the issue by going after big suppliers, police say education and the help of local organizations play a role in the most recent numbers in High Point.
As of June, there have been 28 overdoses and 4 deaths in High Point. If you compare that to 2014, those numbers are cut in half.
Investigators say organizations like the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition help police in their efforts to save lives. NCHRC not only offers drug education but also provides life saving tools, such as heroin overdose reversal kits that keep people from dying. Each kit offers naloxone and when given during an overdose it can save your life.
The organization says in High Point, since August 2013, they’ve used 69 reversal kits. But hundreds of their kits have been given across the state. You can get one of these kits through contacting the organization at nchrc.org or calling local Piedmont volunteer, Louise Vincent at (336) 669-5543.
NCHRC volunteers also want people to know about the Good Samaritan Law. If witnesses call 911 during a drug overdose, the law protects them from prosecution of minor drug paraphernalia. First responders can treat an overdose but volunteers say the kits are another good backup and/or option.