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Greenville Fire/Rescue to speak about spike in overdoses

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GREENVILLE, Pitt County - Greenville Fire/Rescue dealt with seven overdose cases on Thursday. Now, officials are alerting people of what to do should the situation arise again.

Friday a news conference was scheduled to answer questions on the overdose cases.

Rebekah Thurston, Public Information Officer for GF/R, reported in a press release that six of the seven overdose patients were sent to Vidant Medical Center while one person was already dead when rescue arrived.

"After seeing such a surge today, we would like to take this opportunity to remind the public of the dangers associated not only with illegal drug use, but the abuse of prescription drugs," Thurston said. "Each of our fire and EMS units is stocked with Narcan kits, which in many cases can reverse the effects of an overdose.

"So please remember, calling 9-1-1 can make the difference between life and death. At Greenville Fire/Rescue, we are here to help you - not get you in trouble."

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