Winston-Salem firefighters adjust to growing fentanyl problem

  • Source: WFMY-TV CBS 2 Greensboro
  • Published: 05/19/2023 12:00 AM

When the trucks at Fire Station 14 in Winston-Salem roll out on an emergency call, they're prepared for just about anything. Lately, they've responded to a lot more overdose calls involving Fentanyl. "It's all around us in this area,” Captain Chase Swaim said. He’s been with the department for nearly 15 years. He's seen the rise in overdose calls and the uncertainty the dangerous drug creates for his team. "Fentanyl is in all different kinds of drugs so it's just unknown," Swaim said. The drug has lots of people hooked. "I do remember on a couple of occasions seeing the same patient twice in one day," Swaim recalled. You've likely heard about the dangerous effects of Fentanyl. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said the man-made opioid is up to 100 times more potent than morphine. Even a small dose packs a punch.


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