COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Despite being a rural county, deputies say Columbus County has one of the highest prescription drug usage rates in the state.
They say the county ranked 9th on the east coast just a couple of years ago. Tuesday, they had a meeting to announce a new way they plan to tackle the problem.
This year, nursing students at Southeastern Community College in Whiteville are doing a community project called Operation ASAP, which stands for "alcohol substance abuse prevention." Instead of deputies having their annual prescription drug drop, off they're working with nursing students to make Operation ASAP an outreach program.
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