The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office is on a mission to fight the opioid epidemic.
March 28, the department along with others will host an opioid summit.
Medical care providers, as well as a family who lost their son to a heroin overdose, will speak.
The sheriff’s office says they have seen deaths from opioid overdoses.
“Opioids is different than anything else we’ve seen. It’s affecting people that we’ve never seen it effect before,“ said Lt. Scott Kennedy, with the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office.
Kennedy says the need is great as there is a limited amount of resources in the area.
Meth and heroin are a problem in the area.
The goal for the summit is to show the community there is help before it’s too late.
“We have seen deaths in Duplin Co. from overdoses whether it’s 1 or 50, one is too many,“ said Kennedy.
The event will be held at the Ed Emory Auditorium in Kenansville.
It’s open to the public from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.