Authorities: 4 overdose in Cheatham County over Memorial Day weekend

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While much of Middle Tennesee is “phasing” back to life from Covid 19;
the Overdose-Epidemic in this region continues to run wide open.

In Cheatham County, it was a busy overdose weekend.

4 People overdosed. 1 person died from what deputies say was a drug OD.

Friday night Cheatham Deputies responded to a man who was DOA when rescue crews arrived.

the 34 year old Kingston Springs man was found in his bathroom with powder drugs and a syringe.

2 overdose calls came in simultaneously Saturday night. Deputies were able to save the victim in the county.

Ashland City Police Chief Kenny Ray says the man in the city was also revived and another individual in the apartment was charged for tampering with evidence and paraphernalia.

And then Memorial Day night, around 9pm, in the gas station of a Pleasant View parking lot, shoppers came across an unconscious man on the ground beside his running vehicle.

Cheatham County Deputy Bart Bryant responded. On his body cam you can hear him ask the group that has assembled what has happened.

Someone in the crowd says, “he was talking to us a second ago.”

That’s when a woman tells the arriving deputy she has medical experience and has already done chest compressions and even gave the non responsive man mouth to mouth.

The woman says, “I asked them for Narcan, if they had it in the store.
And he was pale, and he wasn’t breathing.
So I started doing chest compressions because his heart rate was really low.
And I gave him some breaths and he started coming to a little bit.”

The deputy gives the man a dose of Narcan. And almost immediately the man responds, quickly becoming agitated.

The deputy says, “do not come up on me. I’ll be super pissed if i get poked.”

The deputy finds a syringe in the man’s pocket and attempts to ask him about it. The man is not cooperative.

Deputy: how much you use tonight?

man: huh?

Deputy: how much you use tonight?

Man: none.

Deputy: yeah, you used a little boss. how much of that needle was in your pocket?

Man: I ain’t got nothing.

According to investigators, of the four overdoses in the county this weekend,
3 people survived.

Lt. Ken Miller of the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Department tells News 2, overdoses and the use of Narcan have not slowed down during the pandemic.

In previous interviews, the investigator has said that the pandemic has made it harder to get drugs like heroin, and because of that shortage in the supply chain, users are forced to buy drugs from dealers they often have no relationship with.

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