Deputy treated for exposure on overdose call

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A deputy responding to an overdose call in Dudley on Dec. 11 found himself in need of treatment when exposure to an opioid drug landed him in an emergency.

Officers of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division were dispatched to an overdose around 5:40 p.m. at Doug Drive.

Deputy B. Elrod was transporting narcotics from the scene to place into evidence when he began to have a medical emergency en route, according to a release from WCSO. Elrod was on the phone with a supervisor when this occurred and was able to give his location for deputies and EMS to respond.

Elrod was able to pull his vehicle off of the roadway where deputies rushed to give him Narcan, which is used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. He was transported by EMS to Wayne UNC Health Care for evaluation and treatment.

Authorities say he has since been released from the hospital and is “doing fine.”

The medical emergency stemmed from an exposure Elrod had with the drug while collecting it at the home on Doug Drive.

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