Did you know New Hanover County has the second highest rate of heroin overdose in the state and tops the list when adjusted for population, according to the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services.
The Cape Fear region is considered to be a significant stop for traffickers, but there's never been a definitive answer as to why the Cape Fear region has become such a hotbed for dealers and users.
Some guess heroin has followed it's addicts, who are now relocating to North Carolina's coast. Others blame the port, but no one knows for certain.
It's easy to believe that heroin use is relegated to dark alleys, late night hours, and low-life junkies. Reality, however, paints a very different picture.
WECT's Casey Roman has spent six months investigating the heroin epidemic in the Cape Fear region and will show you what she discovered in a one-hour special you won't want to miss Wednesday at 7 p.m. You may be shocked by some of the images you see as she sheds light on this growing problem. Click here for a sneak peek.
Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy programs will not be shown at their regular times Wednesday night so that we can bring you this special presentation with limited commercial interruption.