GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Attorney General Josh Stein was in Greenville Monday, along with law enforcement representatives, local delegates, and health professionals for an opioid roundtable discussion.
They discussed ways to confront the opioid crisis in Pitt County.
Stein, who has pushed for legislation to crack down on the epidemic, said the problem can only be solved if everyone gets involved.
He said he was pleased to see the General Assembly pass the STOP Act, which updates laws on opioids and ensures smarter prescribing and smarter dispensing of highly-addictive prescription drugs.
He said these events are important to him for many reasons.
“We want to get ideas that are happening at a local level so that we can come up with almost like a best practices that communities who are confronting this crisis can adopt,” Stein said.
Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas said the opioid problem has hit Greenville hard.
Hundreds of people have been saved in the city and county over the past three years after overdosing with the drug Narcan. Greenville Fire and Rescue has used Narcan on 268 patients over the last three years, reviving 199 of them.
Thomas said agencies must be more transparent and work together with each other on this problem.
“This only moves forward if we are all at the table and providing a solution,” he said.