NEW BERN, Craven County - Gov. Roy Cooper is one of five people appointed to President Trump's bipartisan commission to fight the opioid problem.
Addiction and illegal use of legal prescription medicines is at the root of the problem. There are some hard facts to swallow and if you think it doesn't affect you, you should look again.
Watch this video from NewsChannel 12's Wes Goforth on the epidemic and what is being done to battle it. We'll have additional stories on the subject in the weeks ahead.