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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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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