Dear Sheriff Carter,
I finished reading the article this morning in The News and Observer. My brother since age 13 has been on some kind of opiate based prescription drug. About 3 years ago we began finding syringes in his school backpack and bedroom. He is currently 25 and out of state receiving addition treatment and will be back in November. It's been horrible, he knows no other life but opiate abuse and drug seeking. Lack of an opiate prescription database has confounded me for years. I know that his addiction to herion began with opiate prescription drug abuse and when he was hard up for herion, in the middle of the worst part of his addiction, he would resort to opiate prescription drug abuse. In addition, he is a convinced felon, having been convicted of all things... script fraud and uttering false instruments. His trafficing in prescription drugs such as OxyCotin enabled his addition to opiate based drugs.Lack of a opiate prescription database could have prevented this behavior and made it difficult if not impossible for him to continue for so many years with his addiction. I applaud your efforts and if you ever need me or my father to give testimony or first hand account on how this could be a major leap forward for addiction treatment, addict care and the welfare of the State of North Carolina, please contact me. Our story illustrates on every level why this is finally necessary. Thank you and may God bless you in both your efforts! This will change lives!
Best Regards, John S