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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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August 24, 2021
Opioids, Withdrawal Symptoms and MAT

Opiates or opioids are narcotic drugs that are both prescribed legally and sold on the street. These classes of medications include prescription drugs such as Codeine, Oxycontin, and fentanyl. Many of these drugs are also sold as pills on the street. For example, heroin is a street drug that is also an opioid. People with […]

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August 12, 2021
How Will North Carolina Use Its 750 Million Dollar Opioid Settlement?

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein announced a historic settlement agreement between opioid manufacturers and distributors in mid-July. The settlement, part of an agreement taking responsibility for the opioid crisis, will bring $750 million to North Carolina over 18 years. The money will go to support state and local efforts to address the opioid crisis. […]

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July 6, 2021
Does Online Therapy Really Work?

Online therapy is here to stay! The pandemic made it necessary for many people to keep on top of substance use disorders or mental health disorders. During the pandemic, innovation and connection were the keys to keeping the world moving. And online therapy helped people stay focused on their mental health. Online therapy is now […]

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July 5, 2021
Powerful Drug Combinations Found In North Carolina Overdoses

New research shows that in North Carolina, opioids are almost always a factor in life-threatening overdoses. Yet three-fourths of people who die of overdoses here tend to have more than one drug in their system, according to new research. Fentanyl Added to Opioids The new trend of mixing drugs more often correlated to the introduction […]

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July 2, 2021
Medicaid and MAT in North Carolina

Getting sober, especially from opioids, means getting into a program or clinic that offers Medication-Assisted Treatment. Addiction treatment can be expensive for people who self-pay or have no insurance. For many people who struggle with addiction, Medicaid is the lifeline that helps them get the help they need. In North Carolina, Addiction Epidemic Still Raging […]

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June 10, 2021
Medication-Assisted Treatment And OUD: Why It Works

Addiction in America is a public health crisis, especially when it comes to opioids. Sadly, the pandemic has only worsened the addiction epidemic. And for many people who were new to sobriety or had fragile coping skills, the pandemic was a time of isolation and relapse. For many people with opioid use disorder (OUD), it […]

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