'Narcan parties:' Drug users overdosing to be brought back to life

Published: Friday, August 04, 2017 @ 10:46 AM

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North Carolina emergency workers in Rowan County expressed frustration Thursday over "Narcan parties," which they said are increasing in the area.

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Emergency workers said they've noticed the spike over the past six months, WSOC-TV reported.

"With Narcan readily available and over the counter now, they are having group gatherings called Narcan parties,” said Chris Richardson, Emergency Management Services battalion chief for Rowan County. “They will have numerous people around.” 

He said party-goers get high in houses or cars in public places, then an emergency responder with Narcan will try to revive them, giving the drug user a rush. 

He said a few weeks ago that a couple overdosed on heroin at a shopping center, knowing an ambulance with Narcan was just a call away.

"(They) picked up the drug, didn't want to wait to get to their residence, both wanted to use, they did it in a public place so they would be found," Richardson said. 

The numbers of overdoses are staggering. 

There were 292 calls in 2016 in Rowan County when Narcan was administered. 

This year, through June, they've already had 284 calls for a 94 percent increase. 

The opioid epidemic is staggering in parts of Ohio, too, where officials are saying citizens are taking advantage of emergency services. 

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A box of the opioid antidote Naloxone, also known as Narcan, sits on display. In March 2016, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), announced guidelines for doctors to reduce the amount of opioid painkillers prescribed nationwide, in an effort to curb the epidemic. The CDC estimates that most new heroin addicts first became hooked on prescription pain medication before graduating to heroin, which is stronger and cheaper. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)(John Moore/Getty Images)

Trump signs directive to send Americans back to the moon, eventually Mars

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 4:33 PM

Astronuat Buzz Aldrin salutes the deployed United States flag on the moon’s surface during the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in July of 1969. President Donald Trump signed a directive Monday to send astronauts back to the moon.
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Astronuat Buzz Aldrin salutes the deployed United States flag on the moon’s surface during the Apollo 11 mission to the moon in July of 1969. President Donald Trump signed a directive Monday to send astronauts back to the moon.(Wiki Commons)

President Donald Trump signed a new space mandate at a White House ceremony Monday afternoon, announcing his administration’s intent to send American astronauts back to the moon and eventually to Mars. 

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Space Policy Directive 1 “will refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery,” Trump said during remarks at the ceremony.”

“It marks an important step in returning American astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972 for long-term exploration and use. This time we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint, we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars and perhaps, some day, to many worlds beyond,” he said.

Vice President Mike Pence, chairman of  the National Space Council, also spoke at the signing ceremony, calling the new directive “a momentous occasion in the history of American space exploration.”

Pence said the new directive will “ensure that America will lead in space once again.”

“Establishing a renewed American presence on the moon is vital to achieve our strategic objectives and the objectives outlined by our National Space Council.”

The move comes after recommendations by the National Space Council.

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Trump signed an executive order in June re-establishing the National Space Council’s oversight of NASA. The council was first established in 1989 by President George H.W. Bush, then disbanded in 1993. Another version of the council, called the National Aeronautics and Space Council, existed between 1958 and 1973. 

New York explosion: Suspect, 3 others injured in 'terror-related' attack

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 9:22 AM
Updated: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 2:57 PM

Explosion Reported At New York City Port Authority Bus Station

Four people were injured when a bomb exploded near the Port Authority in New York City on Monday morning, including the person believed to be responsible for the device, according to police.

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‘Welcome to Florida’ sign covered in snow

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 12:18 PM

Snow Covered ‘Welcome To Florida’ Sign

Visitors to the Sunshine State got a winter’s greeting when the “Welcome to Florida” sign was seen blanketed in snow. 

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The image of the snowy welcome sign was shared by news website northescambia.com.

The state, as well as much of the Deep South, was hit by uncharacteristic cold over the weekend, which dropped flurries and left people without power in some states. 

Temperatures throughout Florida dipped to the 40s,with some parts getting to freezing Sunday night. 

Thousands were without power in Georgia and the Carolinas. Hundreds of flights were delayed or canceled over the weekend. Power was restored and airports were back on schedule Sunday.

Temperatures throughout the south were on a warming trend Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

From Weinstein to Lauer: A timeline of 2017’s sexual harassment scandals

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 @ 3:58 PM

Prominent Men Accused Of Sexual Misconduct In 2017

In October, the New York Times published allegations of sexual harassment and assault against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.

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Since then, multiple high-profile men in media, politics and other industries have faced allegations ranging from inappropriate behavior to forced sexual misconduct to rape.

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Some, but not all, have been ousted from their companies or resigned themselves amid the allegations.

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A timeline of dozens of sexual misconduct scandals against high-profile men since Weinstein:

This list will be updated periodically. Included is the accusation, response and aftermath. This is not an exhaustive list of accusations.