Originally on Wilmington News

October 25, 2017

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –  The opioid crisis is all to real. Wilmington police say someone died from an overdose in just the past 24 hours.

Today a small step to slow the drug abuse problem nationwide launched in the Port City. Now one national pharmacy chain is stepping up to provide drug take back locations for customers.

It, along with an event on public policy for sustaining our coasts, are what brought Attorney General Josh Stein to town today.

“It’s an all hands on deck effort and we appreciate that we have public sector, I should say private sector partners to help us with this,” said Wilmington police Deputy Chief Mitch Cunningham.

This being the current opioid epidemic that lead to more than forty five overdoses last year in New Hanover County. Now it’s the pharmacy stepping up , the CVS off of Oleander Drive and College Road has a drop box for those wanting to get prescription painkillers out of their homes.

“In North Carolina last year, there were nearly enough prescriptions written for every man, woman, and child, ten million prescriptions,” said Attorney General Josh Stein who spoke along with the heads of CVS Health, the clinics parenting company that is launching the nationwide effort.

The pharmacy chain says the Oleander drop box is the first drop off box of hundreds that will be installed across the country.

Law enforcement says all too often addiction to painkiller drugs happens in the home with another person’s medication. Like how Lona Currie began her addiction.

“It’s only mission is to destroy every good thing about a person.,” said Currie. “Leave them with nothing, and ultimately take there life.”

Even with the AG’s office taking steps against drug companies, and police at the local level turning addicts to treatment, this drop off is how every day people can help.

“The simplest thing that every single citizen can do is go get those extra pills out of their medicine cabinet and safely dispose of them in a drop box,” said the Attorney General.

The pharmacy plans to install more than 20 drop boxes across the state and more than 750 across the country.