2 drug deaths, 2 overdoes over weekend in Anderson

Coroners in Anderson County, South Carolina, are speaking out about what they call the ‘continuous problem’ of drugs after two people were found dead from drug use and two others overdosed over the weekend. Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said deputies were called at about 2 am Sunday to a home on Jones Street and took one person to the hospital for a drug overdose. He said another 911 call came in around 6:45 am Sunday, also on Jones Street. Shore said in that case, two people were found dead outside a home and another person was found outside suffering from a drug overdose. He said the overdose victim was given naloxone and taken to the hospital.According to Shore, the homes where the two incidents happened are next to each other. Shore said all four individuals were using methamphetamines and fentanyl. “There seems to be a continuous problem,” Chief Deputy Coroner Don McCown told WYFF News 4 at the scene on Sunday. “I mean, fentanyl seems to be a drug of choice here. And it’s a problem that we as a society are gonna have to put a stop to, not just law enforcement.”Shore said this is a major case, and the Sheriff’s Office Special investigative units and several investigators from his office are working on the case.”This is a situation where ‘all hands are on deck,'” Shore said. Shore said his office is seeing more and more drug-related deaths, and the illicit drug use in our county is skyrocketing. According to the coroner’s office, EMS have responded to 374 drug overdoses so far in 2022 compared to 241 drug overdoses in 2021. The coroner’s office said there have been 80 drug-related deaths so far in 2022 compared to 48 drug-related deaths in 2021. “I think it’s because of the availability of the drugs and the potency of these drugs,” said Shore. “These Drugs are dangerous. We’re seeing fentanyl in a large number of our deaths that we’re investigating and it’s alarming.”To address this, Shore said it needs to be a team effort. “It’s going to take everybody coming together, it’s going to take funding, it’s going to take us supporting the agencies that take care of people that have drug dependencies,” said Shore. “It’s going to take everybody working on it.”Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride said the judicial system also needs to be sending a strong message: “We’re making a lot of drug busts and making a lot of arrests with pretty much any kind of drugs but I think the biggest thing is when we catch these people that are distributing this and trafficking this through our county and through our jurisdiction is these have to be prosecuted,” said McBride. “We need the judicial system to take them seriously and we need these cases prosecuted and show these dealers how serious we are going to be as a jurisdiction.”Shore said he wants to remind people suffering from drug addiction disorder that there are a number of services that can help them with their addiction, but they have to take the first step and ask for help.

Coroners in Anderson County, South Carolina, are speaking out about what they call the ‘continuous problem’ of drugs after two people were found dead from drug use and two others overdosed over the weekend.

Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said deputies were called at about 2 am Sunday to a home on Jones Street and took one person to the hospital for a drug overdose.

He said another 911 call came in around 6:45 am Sunday, also on Jones Street.

Shore said in that case, two people were found dead outside a home and another person was found outside suffering from a drug overdose.

He said the overdose victim was given naloxone and taken to the hospital.

According to Shore, the homes where the two incidents happened are next to each other.

Shore said all four individuals were using methamphetamines and fentanyl.

Anderson County Drug Overdoses

“There seems to be a continuous problem,” Chief Deputy Coroner Don McCown told WYFF News 4 at the scene on Sunday. “I mean, fentanyl seems to be a drug of choice here. And it’s a problem that we as a society are gonna have to put a stop to, not just law enforcement.”

Shore said this is a major case, and the Sheriff’s Office Special Investigative Units and several investigators from his office are working on the case.

“This is a situation where ‘all hands are on deck,'” Shore said.

Anderson County Drug Overdoses

Shore said his office is seeing more and more drug-related deaths, and the illicit drug use in our county is skyrocketing.

According to the coroner’s office, EMS have responded to 374 drug overdoses so far in 2022 compared to 241 drug overdoses in 2021. The coroner’s office said there have been 80 drug-related deaths so far in 2022 compared to 48 drug-related deaths in 2021 .

“I think it’s because of the availability of the drugs and the potency of these drugs,” said Shore. “These drugs are dangerous. We’re seeing fentanyl in a large number of our deaths that we’re investigating and it’s alarming.”

To address this, Shore said it needs to be a team effort.

“It’s going to take everybody coming together, it’s going to take funding, it’s going to take us supporting the agencies that take care of people that have drug dependencies,” said Shore. “It’s going to take everybody working on it.”

Anderson County Sheriff Chad McBride said the judicial system also needs to be sending a strong message.

“We’re making a lot of drug busts and making a lot of arrests with pretty much any kind of drugs but I think the biggest thing is when we catch these people that are distributing this and trafficking this through our county and through our jurisdiction these have to be prosecuted,” said McBride. “We need the judicial system to take them seriously and we need these cases prosecuted and show these dealers how serious we are going to be as a jurisdiction.”

Shore said he wants to remind people suffering from drug addiction disorder that there are a number of services that can help them with their addiction, but they have to take the first step and ask for help.

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