NCDOJ, NCSBI, DEA, And North Carolina Real Estate Commission Announce New Guidelines For Real Estate Brokers During Opioid Epidemic

RALEIGH – Attorney General Josh Stein, along with the North Carolina SBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the North Carolina Real Estate Commission, have announced new guidelines for real estate agents as the opioid epidemic continues to wreak havoc in our state.

“Unfortunately, prescription drugs are like a magnet to people struggling with addiction,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “People who are in the process of selling their home should safely dispose of unneeded medication and lock up any other prescriptions to ensure they will not get in the wrong hands.”

At an event hosted at the Charlotte Regional REALTOR® Association and joined by NC REALTORS®, Attorney General Stein and representatives from the above organizations discussed the risks and dangers associated with prescription drug theft and open houses. The event was in advance of this Saturday’s DEA National Drug Take Back Day. For more information on how to safely dispose of drugs, please visit ncdoj.gov/rxtakeback.

Every day, approximately three North Carolinians die from a medication or drug overdose. The majority of people who misuse prescriptions drugs report getting the drugs from family and friends—often taken from their medicine cabinets without their knowing. In 2016, 705 million opioid pills were prescribed in North Carolina, many of which sit unused in medicine cabinets.