The Opioid Epidemic In Eastern North Carolina

Last night I attended a forum on the opioid problem in Eastern North Carolina hosted by the Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association ( The forum was held at the Stanly Hall Ballroom. Some of the panelists speaking were Sheriff Asa Buck from Carteret County, Sheriff Chip Hughes from Craven County, Sheriff Chris Davis from Pamlico County, a representative from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney Scott Thomas, and District Court Judge Clinton Rowe. There were also representatives from groups dedicated to helping those who are addicted to opioids overcome their addictions.

There were many things mentioned that were really good to hear, but there were two things that stood out. The first was the level of cooperation between law enforcement in the counties represented to fight this problem. Our law enforcement agencies are working hard together to combat drugs in our communities. The second thing that stood out to me was the effort made to help any drug user that interacts with the law fight the addiction that he is dealing with. The level of cooperation among police, district attorneys, and judges to help individuals caught up in the drug scene was encouraging to hear. The coordination between law enforcement and programs that help addicts offers hope to those using drugs and their families.

This was a very informative forum, and hopefully portions of it will be broadcast on CCTA Wake-Up Call this Sunday at 11 am and 9 pm on 107.1 WTKF. (The show airs at 9 pm during the football season and 8 pm after the football season is over. I am honestly not sure whether the football season is considered over or not). Please take the time to listen to the show to hear what is being done to fight this problem.