HIGH POINT, N.C. -- It's a problem that just isn't going away. In the past 16 days, 25 people have overdosed on heroin in High Point.
So far this year, 117 people have nearly died while high on heroin. Those numbers top the problems High Point had back in 2014 when at one point, more than 20 people overdosed in just 5 days.
High Point police had a handle on the problem last year when overdoses dropped to 77. Officers were armed with Narcan, a life saving drug, and this year, police partnered with community agencies handing out cards with helpful information to addicts they encounter.
Caring Services is one of the agencies on the card and since police started handing them out in May, Caring Services has gotten a few calls from users.
Around the same time, the treatment center also started handing out Naloxone. In just 2 months, it has given out 50 doses.
"When we meet people where they are and treat people like they have a disease, trying to get well, we see a lot better outcomes. We see reversals, we see people engaging in treatment. We see people completely changing their lives around," said Chase Holloman, Naloxone Program Coordinator, Caring Services.
The recent overdoses in High Point have been all over the city. Police say they've tried to track them but there is no traceable pattern to where or the time of day the overdoses are happening.
Chase Holloman is a recovering heroin addict who now works for Caring Services. He says a key to stopping heroin addiction is letting people know there is a way out.
"I think this community is really tired of losing people that can have valuable lives," said Holloman.
High Point isn't the only Triad city dealing with this problem. Winston-Salem officers are now carrying Naloxone and in the first two months of this year, Forrsyth County EMTs administered 122 doses of the drug.
In June, Governor Pat McCrory signed a law making Naloxone available over-the counter.