Law enforcement plays a critical role in helping to fight the opioid crisis through task force partnerships, training, and - as the front line on the streets - preventing overdose deaths.
Wilmington Police Department knows not all cases are the same, and arrest isn't always the answer. LEAD® is founded on the idea that narcotics use is more often a public health problem than a criminal justice problem.
If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, take the LEAD and call 910-762-5333.
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Not all cases are the same. Arrest isn't always the answer.
Call 910-762-5333 for referrals and to learn more about LEAD Wilmington.
LEAD® is founded on the idea that narcotics use is more often a public health problem than a criminal justice problem.
Police exercise discretionary authority to redirect individuals to a community-based, harm-reduction intervention for minor narcotics-related violations.
In lieu of the normal criminal justice system cycle - booking, detention, prosecution, conviction, incarceration - individuals, 18 years or older, are instead referred into an intensive case-management program where they receive a wide range of support services, often including transitional and permanent housing and/or drug treatment.
- Social Referral: Individuals who are seeking treatment for narcotics addiction.
- Criminal Referral: Individuals who have committed a minor criminal offense and have been identified as an abuser of controlled substances.
- In July 2016, Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill legalizing syringe exchanges in North Carolina. While needle exchanges are legal, they do not receive any taxpayer funding.
- NC Naloxone (Narcan) Standing Order (PDF)
- DEA Short Rules for Drop Boxes in Pharmacy Locations (PDF)
- Overdose Prevention Law in NC
- LEAD Program Exchanges Handcuffs for Help
- Fentanyl Safety Recommendations For First Responders (PDF)
- Identifying Substance Misuse in the Responder Community (PDF)
- ODMAP is a system designed to provide vital information to relevant stakeholders in real time. Spike alerts can be set up to notify an agency by email if the total overdoses in an area exceed a pre-determined threshold within a 24-hour period. Spike alerts can be established for an agency's own county, as well as nearby or neighboring counties.
The Injury and Violence Prevention Branch (IVPB) of the NC Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) generates multiple resources to help keep its partners informed about overdose in North Carolina:
- Listen to a recording of the core set of overdose data slides from December 2017.
- Visit the IVPB Poisoning Data page for county-level data tables on opioid dispensing, as well as overdose deaths, hospitalizations, and emergency department visits.
- The Statewide Surveillance Reports folder contains monthly emergency department reports, monthly NC Harm Reduction data updates, and county-level overdose slide sets.
- Quarterly updates to North Carolina's Opioid Action Plan are available on the NC DHHS Opioid Crisis.