NCPTA Conference kicks off in the Port City, discusses opioid epidemic

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For the first time in several years, the North Carolina Public Transportation Association is holding its conference in Wilmington.

The first day kicked off at the Wilmington Convention Center and Embassy Suites Monday morning.

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Transit representatives from across the state gathered to train, learn, and share their ideas with the community.

A major topic was the opioid epidemic and the lack of transportation for those in need. However, Wilmington’s Wave Transit has already been stepping up to help bridge the gap.

“So I know they’ve been looking at their routes, and their schedules, and their maps, and making sure that they’re reaching out to those who are providing these services to assure that they can meet the needs of the people who are seeking them,” SEAHEC Mental & Public Health Director, Olivia Herndon said.

In addition to transportation, experts looked at how people in the community can help the growing epidemic. Medication safety is key and experts advise you not to share your prescriptions, to lock them up, and to dispose of them correctly.

Also educating yourself about mental illness and substance abuse is another thing you can do to help get rid of the stigma surrounding the crisis.