Kernersville’s Response to Opioids
The opioid crisis has hit North Carolina hard, and Kernersville is no exception.
Its effects on our state have been devastating:
- Five people die from opioid overdoses every day.
- More people die from opioid overdoses than car crashes.
- More than 2,000 North Carolinians died of an opioid overdose in 2017 – a 32 percent increase over the previous year.
- Between 1999 and 2017, more than 13,169 North Carolina residents have lost their lives to unintentional opioid overdoses.
- The number of unintentional opioid overdose deaths in 2017 was nearly 17 times higher than in 1999.
- The number of unintentional opioid overdose deaths has more than doubled in the past decade. (NC State Center for Health Statistics – Vital Statistics- Death certificates; Analysis by Injury Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit)
- In 2017, there were nearly 125 unintentional opioid-related overdose emergency department visits per week on average. (The North Carolina Disease Event Tracking and Epidemiologic Tool (NC DETECT); Analysis by Injury Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit)
Help the Kernersville Police Department fight opioid abuse in our community by properly disposing of unused prescription pills.
*Temporary Location Change
Starting Monday September 2nd, our pill drop box will be moved to the upstairs town hall lobby, next to the security officer’s desk. This change will last approximately two months as the PD lobby undergoes renovations. Access to the pill drop box in the town hall lobby will be 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday.
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