Council agrees to pursue legal action on opioid issue
At their Nov. 8 meeting, the Wilmington City Council approved a resolution to pursue legal action against parties that have caused or contributed to the opioid crisis in our community.
The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners passed a similar resolution at their meeting on Nov. 6.
At a press conference on Nov. 1, Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo cited a 2015 study that identified Wilmington as having the highest opioid related abuse rate in the nation – almost 12% of our population. That same study puts Wilmington at number 4 on the list for prescriptions that are abused – 53%.
The resolution Council passed authorizes the city to pursue legal action – including hiring attorneys that are leading this national effort to investigate this issue – that could result in filing a lawsuit on the city’s behalf.
The resolution states in part: “WHEREAS, the Wilmington City Council has received information indicating that those in the chain of distribution of controlled substances to Wilmington and surrounding areas may have violated Federal and/or State laws and regulations enacted to prevent the diversion of legally produced controlled substances into the illicit market.”
At their Nov. 8 meeting, City Council heard a presentation about the scope of the opioid problem at the national, state and local level.
- View the presentation
- Watch a video of the Nov. 8, 2017 presentation to City Council
- View the Nov. 8, 2017 resolution passed by City Council authorizing pursuit of legal action
- View the national study by Castlight Health
- View the NC Opioid Action Plan
- View Mayor Bill Saffo’s remarks at the press conference