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According to Gov. Roy Cooper's county-by-county statistics about the opioid crisis, in 2015, there were more than 1,100 opioid related deaths.
Brunswick County Sheriff John W. Ingram, V. and Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis, along with FED UP Coalition Policy Chair Don Flattery, and Amy Olson, Policy Advisor for the Brunswick County Opioid Addiction Task Force, submitted a letter to NC Governor Roy Cooper requesting that he declare the opioid addiction crises in North Carolina a public health emergency.
The Wilmington area is rated the worst in the nation for the opioid abuse epidemic. But for so many addicts looking to get clean, there are so few options.
The opioid epidemic in Wilmington has captured the attention of state law makers. Today some powerful people came together to bring about change.
Attorney General Josh Stein says he hopes a new social media initiative addressing the opioid abuse crisis in North Carolina will raise awareness about the problem and give hope to those trying to recover from its addiction.
Opioid abuse is an epidemic millions of people across the country are dealing with and Wilmington is at the forefront.
Opioid abuse is a growing problem across the nation and Wilmington is at the top of the list.
Wilmington Police say crime in the Port City is at its lowest rate in nearly a quarter century.
As the opioid epidemic has continued to grow in multiple parts of the country, extremely potent synthetic forms of the painkillers -- especially fentanyl and carfentanil -- have become more common among everyday users, according to U.S. authorities.