MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Horry County, Myrtle Beach, and Conway police are among DHEC’s top ten agencies who distributed Narcan in 2018.
Horry County Police was #2 with 26 uses, Myrtle Beach Police was number #4 with 21 uses, and Conway Police came in at #7 with 14 uses.
Police say every time Narcan is distributed, the state requires them to fill out a Narcan report to DHEC, so the department can track of each user.
“With a county, this large our numbers are higher than the counties around us, but that could be attributed to having more officers on the street and officers getting to the scene quickly since we’re able to distribute it before EMS arrives,” said Horry County Police Lt. Justin Wyatt.
While the numbers indicate the number of overdoses is up in our area they also show officers are responding.
“It shows that we’re making a difference it shows we’re getting out there and saving lives,” said Lt. Wyatt.
While the number of opioid-related deaths went up in the state from 2016 to 2017, it did go down in Horry County. There were 101 opioid-related overdoses in the county in 2016 and 77 in 2017.
“We use the Narcan as protection for our officers, our K9’s as well as emergency assistance should someone need it in signs of an overdose. We give it to all of our officers,” said Myrtle Beach Police Cpl. Thomas Vest.
DHEC’s Law Enforcement Officer Naloxone (LEON) program received $374,394 for Narcan in 2019. The program is in year three of a five-year grant according to the department.
“Some things we hear are what do we use it for why do we have it and the reason we have is it to save lives and every one of us got into this job to save lives and that’s what we’re here to do,” said Vest.