Brunswick County drug overdose rate almost double state average


BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — According the State Center for Health statistics in 2014 Brunswick County nearly doubled the state average of prescription drug overdose deaths. The death rate of prescription drug overdose in Brunswick County was 16.8, while the state average rate was 9.7.

For someone who is face-to-face with these types of deaths like County Coroner Greg White it’s tough.

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“To sit down with a couple, or parents or grandparents, they’re having to make decisions. Today everything was fine and not knowing tomorrow they were going to be sitting at conference table inside a funeral home,” said White. “It’s hard dealing with a parent; you aren’t supposed to bury your child.”

Kenny House, Vice President of Clinical services at the drug treatment center Coastal Horizons, says they are working with a number of organizations and agencies to reduce those numbers.

“It’s overwhelming to the community that is trying to respond, everywhere from the courts, to law enforcement world, the treatment world, those working in the environment of health and prevention are certainly alarmed,” said House.

A Brunswick County Sheriff’s spokeswoman referred WWAY to another website That site showed the state average higher at 12.6 bringing Brunswick County closer to the State average.