Vance & Adjacent Counties Fentvic Meetup #7 on 11/5/23


Fentvic Meetup #7 for Vance & Adjacent Counties NC (open to the public)

DateSunday, November 5, from 2-4PM
LocationPentecostal Holiness Church
621 US-158 Bypass
Henderson NC 27536


FENTVIC.ORG is pleased to host:


10/8-22/2023 Public Safety Digital Billboard Campaign

10/14/23 Family Summit on Fentanyl Fatalities in NC:  Public Safety & Justice Conference


  • 10/8 @12am -10/22/23 @ 11:59pm.  Runs 24/7, digital and illuminated.
  • New Hanover County, NC, 6 locations (see below)
  • Made possible by NC fentanyl victim families & corporate good citizens Lamar Advertising (Cynthia Barbour) & Adams Outdoor (Julie Belnap)
  • Features 13 Eastern NC fentanyl fatality victims killed by fentanyl 13 different ways.
  • 10/14/23 Family Summit on Fentanyl Fatalities:  Public Safety & Justice Conference.

10:30-3:30. Private Event for NC Fentanyl Victim Families & Press who pre-register.  Separate press release to be issued.


  2. Raise awareness about 13,957 fentanyl fatalities in NC, 2013-22 (source:  North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics, Vital Statistics Death Certificate Data)
  3. 440 fentanyl fatalities occurred in New Hanover County 2013-22 (source:  North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics, Vital Statistics Death Certificate Data)
  4. Spark public safety conversations within communities and amongst families about the dangers of illicit fentanyl, particularly counterfeit pills.
  5. 7 out of 10 ‘street’ counterfeit pills contain lethal dose of fentanyl additives (DEA 2023)
  6. Link to New Hanover fentanyl fatality data on website:


  • Fentanyl Victims Network of NC (fentvic),
  • Barb Walsh, Executive Director, 919-614-3830,
  • Fentvic is a charitable nonprofit located in Wake County NC.  EIN #88-3921380
  • Fentvic is a grassroots organization that promotes public safety, justice, education, advocacy, and support of NC fentanyl victim families in all 100 NC Counties
  • In partnership with Forgotten Victims of NC, Patricia Drewes, Founder, 252-204-9611,, link to FB page:

Locations:  6 Public Safety Billboards in New Hanover County

  1. 143 S College Road + Market Street
  2. 5216 Oleander Drive + Hawthorne
  3. 1328 US 421 + Spencer Farlow Drive
  4. US-17 + 7491 Market Street
  5. US-17 + Military Cutoff exit
  6. US-17S + NC210

Whose Child Dies Next?  Fight Illicit Fentanyl Rally 8/20/23 Raleigh NC

NC Fentanyl Victim Families invite the public to join as they Rise Up Against Fentanyl at the

Whose Child Dies Next?
Rally @ NC Capitol National Fentanyl Awareness & Prevention Day

  1. Sunday August 20, 2023, 2-4pm, Rain or Shine
  2. NC State Capitol Building, South Side, 1 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC
  3. Parking: free on street and paid parking in municipal lots
  4. Rules: No signs on sticks/poles, no drones, no firearms/weapons, no climbing trees/walls, statues
  5. Attendees: open to the public, fentanyl victim families, press, elected officials, law enforcement, educators, advocates, allies
NC Fentanyl Facts
  • 13,671 NC residents have been killed by fentanyl in the last 9 years, enough to fill the Raleigh Convention Center (NC OCME)
  • 8 NC residents die each day by fentanyl
  • NC Infants, Toddlers, Middle & High Schoolers, and Young Adults are killed by fentanyl
  • Fentanyl deaths are preventable with early intervention education and naloxone
What NC Fentanyl Victim Families Want
  • To Save Lives!
  • Pass Senate Bill 189! Pass Senate Bill 250! Both modify GS 14-18.4 Death by Distribution Law
  • NC Legislature Must Increase Funding of NC DHHS NC OCME to increase Salaries & Hire Chemists to process Toxicology Reports. Right now there is 5-12 month delay in results reported back to grieving families & law enforcement!
  • For all drug related deaths to be investigated as potential homicides & crime scenes
  • To be recognized as Crime Victims by the NC Justice System & NC Law Enforcement


Barb Walsh, Executive Director
501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit
EIN #88-3921380
Patricia Drewes, Founder
FB page link:

“They need to get deadly fentanyl off of our streets,” said Attorney General Josh Stein. “We can do more to hold accountable drug traffickers and keep the people of North Carolina safe. I’ll do everything in my power to rid our state of this scourge.”

For more extensive press release email request to


May 29-June 26, 2023, 24/7, digital and illuminated.

Winston-Salem, Forsyth County NC, 2 locations

Purpose is to raise awareness of the 13,376 NC victims of illicit fentanyl poisonings and to generate public safety conversations within communities and families about the dangers of illicit fentanyl, particularly counterfeit pills.  Illicit fentanyl killed over 523 Forsyth County residents in the past 9 years, 2013-August 2022.  (source:  North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics, Vital Statistics Death Certificate Data)

These are the first billboards of the FENTVIC.ORG Campaign.  They feature 19 NC illicit fentanyl poisoning victims with permission of their families.  The campaign will run in other cities throughout NC exclusively featuring NC illicit fentanyl poisoning victims.  Future campaign locations and dates TBD.


Administered by Fentanyl Victims Network of NC (fentvic),,

Barb Walsh, Executive Director, 919-614-3830,  Fentvic is a charitable nonprofit located in Cary NC.  EIN #88-3921380.  Fentvic fights illicit fentanyl in NC. Fentvic advocates for public safety for all and justice for NC families permanently damaged by illicit fentanyl poisonings.

In partnership with Forgotten Victims of NC, Patricia Drewes, Founder, 252-204-9611,, link to FB page:

Campaign Locations & Artwork developed Adams Outdoor Advertising, Julie Belnap, Account Executive,336-926-3850 (cell),

FENTVIC.ORG  NC BILLBOARD CAMPAIGN: 2 locations in Winston Salem, Forsyth County

  1. Digital Group One features NC fentanyl victims Alexandra, Christian, Gabriella, Heaven, Hunter, Jared, Jeremiah, Robert, Sophia, and Zack:  Billboard location:  sign 305-4.  B40 .12 miles East of Stratford Road N, Exit 3C N/side of highway Facing west.  You can park off Miller Street (near Publix) behind the Mayberry’s Restaurant to view this digital (parking lot area there for viewing) Google Maps.
  2. Digital Group Two features NC fentanyl victims Abigail, Ashley, Carissa, Chase, Marshall, Martin, Michiko, Mikey, Sophia, and Vincent.  Billboard Location:  sign 602-4. B40 .37 miles West of Old Greensboro Rd/ Linville Road (Exit 10)NS Facing west.  Take Exit 10 to Linville Road, and head towards Smokin’ Harley Davidson dealer.  Go past the dealer toward Pepsi plant (turn around and you can park on side of service road for viewing) Google Maps.

Stein to keynote summit on fentanyl as legislature considers related bills

Attorney General Josh Stein will be the keynote speaker at a “Family Summit on Illicit Fentanyl Fatalities in North Carolina” this Saturday.

Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid used to manage pain that has become popular in the illicit drug market, is a scourge in North Carolina and across the country, responsible for more than 13,000 deaths in the Old North State over the past nine years.

The gathering is a private event. Stein, who is running for governor, will speak alongside people who have lost loved ones to fentanyl overdoses, a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration official and other law enforcement officials. Stein goes on at 12:40, but the event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the McKimmon Conference Center in Raleigh.

Stein recently asked the legislature for money so he could create a Fentanyl Control Unit. The special group within the North Carolina Department of Justice’s Special Prosecutions and Law Enforcement Section would help local prosecutors handle big trafficking, wiretap and overdose cases. Special prosecutors with the state’s Department of Justice have previously prosecuted drug traffickers, distributors and dealers.

“Fentanyl is deadly and highly addictive,” Stein said in a statement. “Even as we interdict more fentanyl at the border than ever before, too many North Carolinians overdose from fentanyl and are dying. We must hold those who peddle this poison accountable and take them off our streets. I look forward to working with leaders in the legislature to strengthen our state’s ability to prosecute these cases and save lives.”

More than 70,000 Americans died of a fentanyl overdose in 2021.

Stein is the only state official listed on the summit’s agenda — other speakers include Harnett County Sheriff Wayne Coats and Harnett and Lee County District Attorney Suzanne Matthews — but addressing fentanyl overdoses has become a bipartisan affair as the number of people die from overdoses continues to increase each year. The legislature is considering a number of bills that would increase prison sentences and fines for people who traffic fentanyl and broaden the state’s “death by distribution” law, which allows people who deal drugs to be charged with second-degree murder if the drugs they sold resulted in a person’s death.

Progressives in states like New Jersey have expressed concern that more punitive drug laws would mean more people struggling with addiction would end up in jail. Others have warned enacting harsher punishments for fentanyl could be the next phase of the War on Drugs, undermining efforts to reform the criminal justice system.

According to a press release for the event, the summit’s goals are to support victims’ families, investigate and prosecute fentanyl dealers and suppliers, develop a training model for prosecutors to uniformly prosecute fentanyl homicides using laws already on the books. They will also advocate for putting Narcan in every school in the state and equipping all police with Naloxone, which quickly reverses overdoses.

Read the original article on the NC Policy Watch web site.

36 Million Lethal Doses of Fentanyl Removed from Communities between May and September

DEA Announces Results of Enforcement Surge to Reduce the Fentanyl Supply Across the United States
9/27/22 DEA Press Release

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration today announced the results of an enforcement operation that spanned from May to September and resulted in significant fentanyl seizures across the United States.  

As part of the One Pill Can Kill initiative, the DEA and its law enforcement partners seized more than 10.2 million fentanyl pills and approximately 980 pounds of fentanyl powder during the period of May 23 through Sept. 8, 2022. The amount of fentanyl taken off the streets during this surge is equivalent to more than 36 million lethal doses removed from the illegal drug supply. Additionally, 338 weapons were seized, including rifles, shotguns, pistols, and hand grenades.

Read the full article on the DEA web site.

Sheriffs Press Conference on Upcoming Rally to Stop Fentanyl Poisonings

Media Advisory: Sheriffs Press Conference on Biden Border Crisis, Upcoming Rally to Stop Fentanyl Poisonings

WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A group of sheriffs from around the country – including several who just visited the border – will hold a press conference on Friday, September 16, at 10:00 a.m. E.T. They will be accompanied by Congressman Chip Roy (R-TX), Congressman Michael Cloud (R-TX), as well as fentanyl activist Virginia Krieger.

Read the full media advisory on the PR Newswire web site.

Chairman Banks Hosts Press Conference Following Roundtable on Deadly Fentanyl Crisis

September 14th, 2022
CONTACT: Buckley Carlson, 202-904-0296

ADVISORY: Chairman Banks Hosts Press Conference Following Roundtable on Deadly Fentanyl Crisis

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks will hold a press conference Thursday, September 15th at 3:15pm ET at the House Triangle following a roundtable with members of RSC, parents who have lost children to fentanyl and other constituents harmed by the opioid crisis.

WHAT: RSC Chairman Jim Banks, RSC members, constituents harmed by the opioid crisis, and parents who have lost children to fentanyl will be discussing the flow of narcotics across our southern border, stronger penalties for drug traffickers, and legislative solutions to help curb the worsening synthetic opioid crisis.


RSC Members
    1    Chairman Rep. Jim Banks (IN)
    2    Rep. Ashley Hinson (IA)
    3    Rep. Brian Babin (TX)
    4    Rep. Kat Cammack (FL)
    5    Rep. Byron Donalds (FL)
    6    Rep. Pete Stauber (MN)
    7    Rep. Lisa McClain (MI)
    8    Rep. Mike Carey (OH)
    9    Rep. Chip Roy (TX)
    10    Rep. Tim Burchett (TN)
    11    Rep. Scott DesJarlais (TN)
    12    Rep. Greg Pence (IN)
    13    Rep. Bruce Westerman (AR)

Guest Speakers
    1    Lori and Dean Ashenfelder    Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
    2    Theresa Juillerat                      Fort Wayne, Indiana
    3    Nate Moellering                      Fort Wayne, Indiana
    4    April Babcock                         Dundalk, Maryland
    5    Patricia Drewes                       Oxford, North Carolina
    6    Brandi Shepherd                     Warsaw, Indiana
    7    Wendy Thomas                       Sanford, North Carolina
    8    Rebecca Deyloff                     Gainesville, Florida

WHEN: Thursday, September 15th, 2022 at 3:15 pm ET

WHERE: House Triangle

All members of the media planning to attend must RSVP to and

Jessica Weiner
Press Secretary
Republican Study Committee | Chairman Jim Banks

Rise Up Rally at the Capitol: Forgotten Victims of North Carolina



Date & Time: Sunday, August 21, 2022, 2-4pm, Rain or Shine
Where: NC State Capitol Building Grounds, South Side, Morgan Street facing Fayetteville Street
Parking: Free street parking and paid parking in municipal lots
Rules: No signs on sticks/poles, no drones, no firearms/weapons, no climbing trees/walls/statues
Attendees:  Fentanyl Victim’s Families, Media, Elected Officials, Law Enforcement, Recovery Providers, Educators, Advocates, and the Public
Organized by: Patricia Drewes, Co-Founder,
Forgotten Victims of Vance, Granville, Franklin, and Warren Counties, NC
Author:  Death of America’s Future:  China’s Fentanyl
How to order book:
Phone: 252-204-9611                     Email:
FB page:  Forgotten Victims of Vance, Granville, Franklin, and Warren Counties

“Fentanyl is the single deadliest drug threat our nation has ever faced,” states Anne Milgram, Administrator, US Drug Enforcement Agency.  “Fentanyl is everywhere.  No community is safe from this poison.”