Americus Police Chief opens up about recent opioid deaths
(AMERICUS, GA) – In the last couple of weeks, there have been over 100 overdose deaths in the state of Georgia.
Three of those took place in Sumter County, and for Americus Police Chief, Mark Scott, it’s disheartening to see.
He tells us, “In the last few weeks we’ve seen an influx of counterfeit pills and drugs that have been laced with Fentanyl, which has resulted in several overdoses.”
Chief Scott says the recent string opioid related deaths in Georgia is similar to the crack cocaine epidemic of years ago.
“We didn’t see the kind of potential for death that we have today. I never thought I would see heroin in Americus, Georgia. But we’re seeing it, we’re seizing quantities of heroin,” he says.
It’s not just drug users who are impacted
Chief Scott tells us, “Police officers across the country who have had bad reactions who have had bad reactions who have overdosed by simply touching this stuff to collect it as evidence.”
But for those who need to be vigilant and save their loved one from a possible overdose, there is a way to curb the effects until help arrives.
“There are websites you can go to to get naloxone for free. It’s a fast acting counter agent. Anybody can administer it and it will save lives of people who’ve overdosed on this stuff,” says Scott.
Chief Scott says people should not hesitate to call 9-1-1 if someone is overdosing on opioids.