Sneads Ferry’s HOPE has been on the move with Narcan training

Most people find it hard to attend anything inside of a funeral home beyond pre-planning, memorial services or making necessary arrangements in the death of a loved one. It is my belief that every one of us in attendance last night walked away with more life, more hope and more informed whether directly affected by this epidemic we call “Opioid Crisis” or not.

Citizens rallied together inside of Johnson Funeral Home in Richlands, NC last night uniting on becoming educated on the administration of Narcan (Naloxone), the Opiate/Opioid Crisis, signs of overdose and much more. Narcan comes generally in three forms to administer, an injection by self-fill syringe, auto-dispense device or by nasal spray. Administration training was instructed by Community Paramedic Coordinator, Christopher Dudley with EMS.

The gems behind the movement Sneads Ferry’s HOPE, Vanessa Boyles Sapp and Cindi Patane spoke on their own personal family’s losses with their son’s both overdosing just one day apart in 2016. Co-Founder, Cindy Patane said, “In my heart I truly believe that the way to get this epidemic under control is prevention.

Cindi Patane (R) discussing rehab duffle bags for recovery bound people. Courtney Weyer (L) preparing to speak to the audience.

Courtney Weyer, age 27, spoke courageously on her then, 73rd day of sobriety, about her long road of addiction and the struggles within more so the freedom she feels from being free, given another chance thanks to Chris Dudley and Narcan being administered to revive her. Weyer stated during her recovery testimony, “I was just 30 seconds away from not being here.” Her testimony was so transparent and real, she is highly commended for the courage to expose her truth from overdosing twice, nearly losing her son, not having two of her children due to the grips of addiction on her life. A powerful way to save others and help families understand how it is from inside of addiction is speaking out and she certainly did just that.

Now, that is just a glimpse of the information provided yet there certainly was way more between those above-mentioned so far. The biggest factor is there was a lot of information provided that allowed people to become educated on the truth about overdoses, why narcan is provided and how it is funded. There are a lot of societal myths and false information floating around the streets of social media, across outlets comment sections, from mouths of those who spew mere hatred with “Narcan is enabling them,” or “Let the trash take itself out.” Well would you feel that way if it were your 62 year old grandmother who just had a double hip replacement and she figured it might be okay to take two pain pills since she slept through the last dose or even mix them up, creating a misuse/accidental overdose? Would you call grandma a junkie? Would you say, let natural selection take it’s course? Doubtful.

More overdoses come from seniors than middle age and youth. Forbes.com in 2017 wrote, “As the number of fatalities has shot up, the public face of addiction has shifted. In contrast to past drug epidemics, opioids are killing white Americans at double to triple the rates of their black and Hispanic peers. The problem is most acute in rural areas, but transcends socioeconomic class and income level. What’s more, it’s the middle-aged who’ve been hardest hit. Though over­dose death rates have risen for every age group, late-wave Boomers (ages 55 to 64) have seen the most dramatic percentage-point spike­ since 1999. The highest death rate (30.0), meanwhile, belongs to early-wave Xers (ages 45 to 54).” In studies at HarvardX, I learned that the first opioid crisis began in the mid-1800’s in the United States. This was an epidemic of opioid addiction was becoming overexposed to opioids and civil war soldiers becoming addicted to morphine. There were doctors who had patients visiting their offices multiple times a day for morphine injections. The Bayer Corporation introduced heroin as a lower risk of overdose death based on a study done on mice. It is obvious that it was soon discovered that heroin is not less of a risk than morphine. By 1914, the federal government stepped in to pass laws and declining the epidemic of opioid addiction. In the 1970’s began to hit low-income white populations. It wasn’t until 1996 that the next epidemic began. The CDC has been very clear about the cause of our vurrent opiooid addiction and it is the medical community over-prescribing. As the medical community increased prescribing, the incline in overdoses began as well which started in 1990’s. In 1996, Oxycontin was introduced to the market and marketed aggressively to treat common conditions with pain. Even back in the 1990’s many doctors knew that opioids were highly addictive and there should be strong limitations to using them for non-cancer pain related illnesses. It was known they should never have been prescribed for ailments such as low back pain, chronic headaches, fibromyalgia. There were 20,000 educational programs released in the first six years of the release of OxyContin where doctors began to hear the risk of addiction had been overblown and that patients were suffering needlessly. Which brings us to present day.

Are you going to join us to combat with prevention by education or only complain about the problem?

Murder Mayhem Series Vol.1 No.2: Son of slain Elmer Hudler trial soon to begin

UPDATE: On October 3, 2018 Josh Hudler, the son of Elmer Hudler was sentenced to a minimum of 21 years and a maximum of 25 years in prison for second degree murder of his father.

The DA never had intention of seeking the death penalty.

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Sneads Ferry man sentenced to up to 93 months.

In an official press release from the Onslow County District Attorney, Ernie Lee a Sneads Ferry man was sentenced to serve a minimum of 70 months and a maximum of 93 months in m multiple drug related charges.

(PRESS RELEASE)

On May 2, 2018, Charles Edgar Pratt was found guilty by a jury in Onslow Superior Court for the offenses of trafficking in opium or heroin by transportation, trafficking in opium or heroin by possession, and possession with intent to sell and deliver methadone. The defendant was represented by Matthew Silva. The State was represented by Assistant District Attorney Walter H. Rodriguez. Judge Charles Henry was the presiding judge. The defendant had previously been convicted of 2nd Degree Murder in West Virginia and Possession with Intent to Distribute Marijuana in Virginia.

On May 2, 2018 the defendant received an active sentence of a minimum of 80 months and a maximum of 93 months in the NC Department of Adult Correction.

The evidence in this case tended to show the defendant had been selling and delivering methadone and other controlled substances to residents of Sneads Ferry. During the time period of August 2015, a tip was provided to the Onslow County Sheriff’s Department through Detectives Barrera, Fidler and Straughan that the defendant had just arranged by telephone to purchase 60 methadone pills from a person in Pender County at the Lowes near Surf City. The tip provided the description of the vehicle, the description of the defendant, the time of departure, and the route of travel. The Onslow County Sheriff’s Department traveled the route of interception to corroborate the tip and located the defendant in the described vehicle, at the described time, in the described location. Upon stopping the vehicle, the sheriff’s department located a trafficking level of methadone in the defendant’s vehicle in a diabetic strip testing bottle along with over $800 in U.S. Currency.

Onslow County Detective Sgt. Barrera was the lead investigator in the case. I would like to thank the outstanding investigative work of the Onslow County Sheriff’s Drug Enforcement Unit for their work on this case. Strong efforts are being taken by law enforcement and prosecutors in this county to combat the drug trafficking offenses in the Sneads Ferry community.