Overdoses reach record numbers and new technology could help saves more lives: Here are the week’s top headlines

(WTRF) – Here’s a look at the top headlines of the week.

It has been called “the forgotten epidemic,” but whatever we call it, deaths from overdose are reaching record highs.

The US overdose death toll hit a record 93,000 in a pandemic last year

Last year, 93,000 people nationwide died from an overdose. It seems that COVID has accelerated the crisis. There were more than 1,200 fatal overdoses in West Virginia alone, a 45% increase from the previous year.

Guernsey County has a new and improved 911 system that could help rescue workers save more lives.

New upgrade to 9-1-1 system could save lives

It’s called the Carbyne-C Live System and it allows the dispatcher to see the emergency location and hear the caller’s voice. If the caller is on a mobile phone, the dispatcher sends him a link via SMS. When the caller clicks the link, a video feed is created. It also allows people in need who cannot speak to silently text the emergency system for help.

Wheeling has a new mobile unit in town helping out with unsolved gun crimes.

The police get help with unsolved gun crimes

The National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) assists law enforcement agencies in linking unresolved cases through ballistic evidence. A weapon in question is test fired in the mobile unit, the grenade is collected and analyzed, and then the police are given a list of possible similar results which are verified by a trained technician.

Weirton’s former city manager suddenly announced his resignation during a city council meeting this week.

Days after Joe DiBartolomeo’s resignation, Weirton’s Mayor speaks out on “direct insults”

Joe DiBartolomeo did so after accusing several council members of violating state laws. Deputy City Manager Dee Ann Pulliam is now taking over the duties of the position and Mayor Harold Miller remains in the city and will begin the process next week to seek permanent filling for the position.

It’s the weekend that country fans have been eagerly awaiting. the Blame My Roots Festival is back in Belmont County!

The Blame My Roots Festival 2021 has a major economic impact

A jam-packed gig included headliners Miranda Lambert and Neil McCoy, and even some local favorites. After a hiatus last summer, organizers say the festival has tripled with a bigger stage and thousands of people relaxing on the grounds and listening to live music.

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