NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - There's no denying heroin is a large issue in Southeastern, North Carolina.
"This is a true, what I would call, epidemic," said New Hanover County Commissioner Johnathan Barfield.
In light of In Vein: Hooked on Heroin, bringing the issue to the forefront, New Hanover County Commissioners are sounding off on the growing problem in our community.
"It's not just the using and the addiction," explained Commissioner Woody White. "It's the drug dealing, it's the violence, all of the things surrounding it."
County Commissioners have given money to treatment centers like Coastal Horizons, as well as provide programs like Drug Treatment Courts. Most importantly, they want to support law enforcement in their efforts to get heroin off of our streets.
"We're fully committed to giving our sheriff's all of the tools and resources needed to help eradicate this problem," Barfield explained.
Click here for a deeper look into the heroin epidemic in the Cape Fear region. On mobile? Look for the Hooked on Heroin section listed in the menu on the free WECT News App.