Wilmington's opioid task force pilot works, but needs state money to continue


Launched in 2018, Wilmington Quick Response Team was initially conceived as a two-year, $500,000 pilot program designed to get reach the victims of overdoses within 72 hours and get them into detox and treatment.

Two years later, program officials told Wilmington City Council the QRT has been successful. But despite recent stopgap funding, the QRT needs long-term support to keep working. That’s important, because the program’s success also indicates how many people are still in need --- numbers that are climbing during the Covid-19 pandemic, due to social isolation, economic disruption, and a host of other related stress factors.