Attorney general urges realtors to join fight against opioid addiction

NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) - Brokers, including realtors, are the latest unexpected professionals battling the opioid crisis.

On April 26, Attorney General Josh Stein, along with the North Carolina SBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the North Carolina Real Estate Commission, announced new guidelines for real estate agents to prevent drugs from getting into the wrong hands.

"It's an honor, truthfully, to have them call us for help. They know that we are on the front lines to home," said Patrice Willett, a realtor based in Wilmington.

The guidelines outline steps people must take when holding an open house or showing.

Before the showing, home sellers are encouraged to take old medications, including opioids, to medication drop-offs for safe disposal. Sellers are also urged to lock up medications away from visitors.

"If you're listing your home, and you hire me to list your home, we're going to have a conversation about your medicine," said Willett. "Lock your medications away. Don't just put them in the medicine cabinet or kitchen cabinet. Put them away where no one can see them."

During an open house, brokers are advised to take down the IDs of all attendees, group them together, never leave someone unattended, and call the police if medication goes missing.

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