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November 24, 2021
Which Prescription Drugs Do People Misuse?

Many people who have a substance use disorder start by taking a legitimately prescribed prescription drug. Doctors have been writing prescriptions for opioids since the 1990s, and they are commonly prescribed for chronic pain, injuries, and surgery recovery. However, some people are more prone to abuse these drugs because they make them feel good or […]

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November 16, 2021
Older Persons At Risk For Opioid Use Disorder

Many people find that as they grow older, they suffer some form of a chronic condition. Often this condition comes with pain, such as arthritis. Because pain “piles up” over the years, doctors may feel more comfortable prescribing drugs like opioids. (Opioids, after all, offer a large amount of painkilling.) However, many people who take […]

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November 15, 2021
North Carolina Jails Plan To Create Space For Substance Treatment

Recently, North Carolina won part of a legal settlement with several opioid drug manufacturers for their role in the opioid epidemic. The state’s cut, 750 million dollars, will go to substance use disorder prevention and recovery. This effort includes programs like Surrey County’s, where they are building a space for substance abuse treatment. The jail […]

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October 18, 2021
Fentanyl Is A Growing Danger In North Carolina

North Carolina Senate Bill 321, passed late last month, amended the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act to make possession of fentanyl or use of Fentanyl a Class I felony. The governor signed the bill in hopes that it would prevent more overdose deaths. Whether or not it will deter fentanyl use is not known. However, […]

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October 14, 2021
What Type of Therapy is Used for Addiction?

Most people who get clean and sober after living with addiction need to have therapy. Therapy can help you break old patterns, learn new ways of thinking, and help you find positive new coping behaviors. Even when you are using Medication-Assisted Treatment, therapy is recommended alongside to help you achieve long-term recovery. Cognitive Behavior Therapy […]

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October 13, 2021
How North Carolina Is Addressing the Addiction Crisis

Addiction is an ongoing public health issue in North Carolina and around the country. For many communities, the addiction crisis is an emergency. The state is now allocating money from drug lawsuit settlements to help address the opioid epidemic by preventing both addiction and overdoses. Legal Settlements Will Offer More Options to Combat Addiction Crisis […]

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September 17, 2021
Myths and Facts About Medication-Assisted Treatment

Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is considered the “gold standard” of treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD). People who use opioids experience a better outcome when they combine MAT with treatment or therapy. So why are some people and institutions hesitant to use this life-changing tool? For many people, it’s simply a lack of information. Here are […]

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September 16, 2021
Mixed Drug Overdoses are Common in North Carolina

Many people have heard about the four prominent comedians in California who overdosed on a deadly mixture of fentanyl-laced cocaine. While the addition of fentanyl to “upper” type drugs like cocaine isn’t new, it’s been uncommon up until the past year. California is just one state that has faced an uptick in overdoses due to […]

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September 9, 2021
Narcan Is A Vital Tool In Craven County, North Carolina

Craven County has had to dramatically increase its supply of Narcan, an opioid overdose reversal drug, in 2021. Overdoses are at an all-time high, not only in Craven County but scattered across the United States. Increase in Administering Narcan in Craven County Last July, New Bern Police Chief Patrick Gallagher gave a warning about a […]

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August 26, 2021
North Carolina Justice System Slowly Adds MAT to Jails

North Carolina, like many states, has slowly been rolling out Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs to jails and prisons. MAT is considered the “gold standard” of treatment for people with opioid use disorder (OUD). In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control, MAT should be considered a “best practice” when treating people with OUD. Substance […]

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