MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – Friday, Memphis police revealed alarming numbers about recent overdoses during a news conference. MPD says as of 2:00 p.m. Friday, there were 12 suspected overdose investigations in just 24 hours, two of those fatal.
Police say areas like those around Sycamore View are high call areas opioid usage and overdoses. MPD and detox agencies want to get the word out about the crisis.
The concern is so great that representatives were out in the Nutbush community handing out Narcan packs.
One of the reasons for the spike is because those opioid pills bought on the street can contain fentanyl, a drug so deadly that two grains can kill.
“We don’t have a particular specific drug that maybe out there that’s involved in the death, yet. Fentanyl has always been that drug that’s mixed in with these various drugs that’s out on the street, and it normally leads to the cause of death in a lot of individuals out there using,” says Col. Paul Wright.
Business owners are being urged to get Narcan packs and training. Officials say they’re seeing many overdoses happening in bathrooms and parking lots of businesses.
“If you have information on any individual who’s distributing drugs. Doesn’t matter if it’s cocaine, heroin, opioids, we want the information at the Memphis Police Department Organized Crime Unit. Our number is 901.528.2338,” says Col. Wright. “All information will be kept confidential. Don’t ever worry about information being leaked that you might give us.“