WILLIAMSON — The epidemic of synthetic marijuana overdoses continues in the city of Williamson and throughout the Tug Valley area.
Last week on Tuesday, July 28, emergency services personnel were called out on five overdose cases within a five hour period between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
On Monday morning, August 3, two more cases took place within only a couple hours of each other, according to a spokesperson for STAT Ambulance.
The first case took place on 6th Avenue in Williamson when STAT Ambulance Service and the Williamson (City) Police Department (WPD) were called out on a male in his mid 30’s, Walker Bragg, who had overdosed on the synthetic drug that’s being sold on the streets of Williamson. According to officials at the WPD, the man was transported to Appalachian Regional Hospital (ARH) for medical treatment.
The second victim was at Deskins Drive at Borderland at the trailer residence of another female who had suffered from an overdose. STAT Ambulance Service and the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department’s Cpl. Norman Mines and Sgt. Glenn Messer were on the scene investigating that overdose. The female was transported to Williamson Memorial Hospital for medical treatment.
This was at the trailer home of Leo Childress. The victim was a female who resided at the residence with Childress.
There have been multiple overdose calls over the past few days, according to both police agencies.
Local law enforcement officials warn persons that using the synthetic chemical laced drug could lead to death or permanent injury to those who are abusing it.
The WPD recently arrested John Arn of Maple Walk in Williamson for allegedly selling synthetic pot.
Local law enforcement agencies are asking for information on this type of activity and they will take anonymous calls. The phone numbers are as follows: for the WPD it is 304-235-2570, the MCSD is 235-0300 and the Williamson detachment of the West Virginia State Police is 235-6000.
(Cindy Moore is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. To contact Cindy by phone please call 304-235-4242 ext. 2278 or by email at [email protected].)