WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington City Council will consider a resolution Wednesday night that will allow the city to take the fight against opioid abuse to the courtroom.
The resolution would allow the city's mayor to hire legal counsel to help the city sue those who are contributing to the opioid epidemic.
During the city council's agenda meeting Monday morning, Attorney Amy J. Quezon with McHugh Fuller Law Group addressed council members and told them that studies show that eight out of 10 heroin users started out by misusing prescription painkillers.
She also stated that numbers show that there has been a 1,600 percent increase is opiate overdose deaths from 1999 to 2016.
Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous also addressed council members to tell them what his officers are seeing every day.
"What we're seeing out in the field is one death a week on average sometimes two," Evangelous said. "Overdoses. sometimes anywhere from three to six to eight to 10 a week in the city. They come in spurts. We can see when a new batch of heroin or just plain fetanyal shows up here. Those overdoes spike.
"We've got to do something. Unfortunately, what we're doing presently is not working. We're not seeing any abatement in this opioid crisis."
The resolution can be seen below: