People are dying from drug overdoses in North Carolina at a faster rate than 48 other states, according to provisional data released on Wednesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Consider This: Programs like the one being conducted right now by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services help. But it will take effort from each of us individually to help save our future as we continue to combat this epidemic.
Prosecutors in Columbus County say a Tabor City doctor and his girlfriend were illegally distributing thousands of pills a day and made upwards of $3 million running an extensive "pill mill" operation out of their offices.
For nearly eight years, a Wilmington doctor treated a woman who sought his help for her lower back pain. But after years of being prescribed high doses of highly-addictive narcotics, the mother of four was involuntarily admitted for addiction detoxification.
Wilmington resident Bob McBride picked up his son, Josh, a treatment center on May 12, 2016. The two spent the day together, went to the mall and enjoyed a few laughs, all before the unthinkable happened.
State lawmakers unveiled a new bill Wednesday aimed at curbing the opioid epidemic in North Carolina. State Attorney General Josh Stein met with law enforcement representatives in Wilmington Thursday morning to go over details of the bill.
New Hanover Regional Medical Center said Thursday in a press release that its opioid prescription guidelines have stopped about 300,000 pain pills from being given to patients over the last four months.
Emergency department visits for opioid overdoses increased 31% in North Carolina from July 2016 through September 2017, according to a new study released today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Under North Carolina's STOP Act, doctors across the state are changing the way they prescribe opioids. According to Associate Doctor Kara Duffy with Atlantic Animal Hospital, veterinarians are now following suit.
Governor Roy Cooper announced Friday that nearly 40,000 units of naloxone, a medication used to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses, will be distributed around North Carolina to help in the fight against opioid-related deaths in the state.
In a joint news conference, New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Chairman Woody White said commissioners will consider a resolution at their meeting on Monday that allows the county to hire legal counsel.