N.C.: Agents Play Role in Stopping Opioid Crisis

May 2, 2018

North Carolina brokers and real estate professionals were called upon by the state’s law enforcement to help battle a growing opioid addiction crisis. Law enforcement see real estate professionals as an important part in helping to keep medications, including opioids, away from the wrong hands during home showings or at open houses.  

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, along with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, and the North Carolina Real Estate Commission, announced new guidelines for real estate professionals to follow when holding an open house or showing. 

For example, prior to a showing, real estate professionals are urged to direct home sellers to take old medications, including opioids, to medication drop-offs for safe disposal. Sellers are also urged to keep medications locked up and away from visitors. 

“If you’re listing your home, and you hire me to list your home, we’re going to have a conversation about your medicine,” says Patrice Willett, a real estate professional based in Wilmington, N.C. “Lock your medications away. Don’t just put them in the medicine cabinet or kitchen cabinet. Put them away where no one can see them.” 

View North Carolina’s guidelines for brokers.

Source: “Attorney General Urges REALTORS® to Join Fight Against Opioid Addiction,” NBC’s WECT-6 (April 30, 2018)