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Fighting North Carolina’s Heroin Epidemic



The mission of the U.S. Attorney’s Heroin Education Action Team (USA HEAT) is to reduce the growing harm to North Carolina families and communities caused by heroin/opiate abuse by increasing community understanding of this epidemic. USA HEAT is a partnership between the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of North Carolina and families who have lost a loved one to opiate overdose. These courageous moms, dads, brothers, sisters and children share their story in order to help others avoid the grief of losing a family member to a drug overdose.

Heroin, Fentanyl, and other dangerous drugs are increasingly available on North Carolina streets, with deadly consequences. The victims of drug addiction and overdose deaths are getting younger. Abuse of these deadly drugs is not limited to any particular socioeconomic group. The increasing incidence of opiate abuse fuels violent and property crime in our communities, stresses our social services network, burdens our healthcare system, and reaches into our schools. Most of all, this scourge is devastating North Carolina families and robbing us of the promise and potential of thousands of our citizens who are enslaved by addiction.

USA HEAT seeks to inform our communities of what we are up against, and what we can do to fight back. Our team members deliver a compelling message, based on the tragedy that they have experienced first-hand. USA HEAT seeks to mobilize our communities to implement a coordinated, effective response to this growing threat. The U.S. Attorney's Office partners with members of the team to deliver a truly powerful message to community groups about the growing heroin epidemic and its real impact on our families.


For more information or to invite USA HEAT to address your group,

Contact or call 844-625-9886.


NCDHHS Opioid Epidemic:

North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan:

DEA and Discovery Education Unite with National League of Cities Summit to Promote Lifesaving Conversations About the Impacts of Prescriptions Opioid Misuse and Heroin Use:

Past HEAT Events

  • May 17, 2019 -  2019  Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Symposium - Atrium Health- Charlotte, NC
  • May 23, 2019 -  2019 Nurses Aid (NA) Symposium - Atrium Health - Charlotte, NC
  • May 23, 2019 -  "Making a Killing" - Opioid Epidemic/Dark Web Conference - Sylva, NC
  • September 10, 2019-  “Painful Truth: What Students Need to Know about the Opioid Crisis”  with OrthoCarolina and the Carolina Panthers  - Charlotte, NC           
  • October 2, 2019 – Community Night with Parents and Students - Meyers Park High School  - Charlotte, NC
  • November 12, 2019 – “The Opioid Crisis: The Faith Community Responds” with the NC Council of Churches – Charlotte, NC
  • January 28, 2020 - "Danger of the Dark Web" - Assistant U.S. Attorney Sanjeev Bhasker is interviewed by PBS Charlotte's Jeff Sonier on the topic of drug trafficking and the dark web, see


Photo Galerries

Atrium Health, 2019 Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Symposium (Charlotte, NC)







Atrium Health, 2019 Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Symposium (Charlotte, NC)

“Making a Killing” - 2019 Opioid Epidemic/Dark Web Conference (Sylva, NC)

“Making a Killing” - 2019 Opioid Epidemic/Dark Web Conference (Sylva, NC)

Deep Dive into the Dark Web & Virtual Currency






"Deep Dive into the Dark Web & Virtual Currency" - Sept. 2020 Virtual Presentation in Partnership with Anuvia.



Updated March 22, 2021