2018 Champion City

Cary, NC : 2018 Champion City

Going Underground to Tackle the Opioid Epidemic

  • 162,320

  • Harold Weinbrecht

  • Directly Elected Mayor

    Type of Government
  • 4 years

    Length of Term

The Problem

North Carolina has seen an 800 percent increase in lethal overdoses from opioids over the past decade, but lack of timely data is inhibiting public health efforts to solve the crisis.

The Idea

The Town of Cary will generate geo-localized opioid consumption data by measuring concentration of opioid metabolites in sewage to enable proactive interventions.

What Mayor Harold Weinbrecht is saying:

Cary’s innovative and experimental approach at monitoring wastewater is a potential game-changer. It offers a new way to collect data to gauge the extent of opioid abuse in a community—rather than the number of overdoses—and puts that information in the hands of those who can provide pathways to recovery.

Harold Weinbrecht, Mayor of Cary, NC