A special forum to discuss the Opioid Crisis in Pender County is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 107 Deerfield Drive, Hampstead (located behind Port City Java). Pender County Sheriff Carson Smith will lead the discussion and help answer questions and concerns from the public about the effects of the opioid epidemic in our county.


According to Castlight Health, a San Francisco-based health care information company, Wilmington rates #1 in the country for abuse of prescription painkillers. Castlight estimates 11.6% of the city’s population that receives prescription painkillers abuses them. And that does NOT include those who obtain the pills outside of a prescription. Actually, 22 out of the top 25 cities are located primarily in rural and Southern states. Hampstead/Pender County is not immune from this growing problem.


The forum, sponsored by the church’s Outreach Ministry, is open to the public. Coffee and light refreshments will be available.