Wilmington, North Carolina is at the top of an unfortunate list. One study published last year, based on analysis of numbers from the Centers for Disease Control, shows more than 11.5% of the population abuses opioids. Opioid abusers tend to live in the rural south – according to the Castlight report.
Earlier this week, Wilmington’s Police Chief, Ralph Evangelous, announced the lowest crime statistics in nearly a quarter of a century, as reported by the StarNews. The areas to work on, he says: gangs and the opioid epidemic.
It’s been called an epidemic, a public health crisis, and one statistic puts the cost – just from absenteeism and illness in the workplace from these drugs at about $10 billion.
It’s numbers that like that encouraged Robert Childs, now the Executive Director of the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition to open an office in Wilmington.
Robert Childs, Executive Director, NC Harm Reduction Coalition
Mike Page, Outreach Worker, NC Harm Reduction Coalition
To reach Mike Page directly, call 910.795.7984.
Every Friday between 1 and 5 PM, NC Harm Reduction Coalition sets up a fixed site for support services and supplies at the intersection of Market and Barclay in Wilmington.
Find syringe exchange sites in Wilmington, Leland, and Brunswick County here: