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Category: Mental Health

May 16, 2022
Opioid Use Disorder Among Athletes

Athletes often push themselves hard whether they are preparing for an event or trying to beat their personal bests. Along with training comes bumps and bruises. People also get more severe injuries when involved in sports, such as concussions or torn ligaments. For people who are competing, it’s considered a norm to push through the […]

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May 11, 2022
Dangerous Opioid Called ISO Is Becoming More Common

Law enforcement agencies across the East Coast are now discovering that a new opioid drug, isotonitazene, or ISO, has become a new cause of overdoses. It has been found in Florida, North and South Carolina, Washington DC, and even New York. The drug an extremely potent opioid that has never been produced. It’s known to […]

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April 22, 2022
Opioid Use Disorder and MAT Now Covered Under Disability Laws

Many people who live with opioid use disorder worry about stigma and privacy. A recent ruling from the Justice Department describes how opioid use disorder, and therefore, Medication-Assisted Treatment, are protected under disability law. This means that no employer can discriminate against a person getting treatment for the condition in hiring or in the workplace. […]

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April 21, 2022
North Carolina Had A 40% Increase In Deadly Opioid Overdoses in 2020

New information from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services shows that the COVID pandemic raged alongside the opioid crisis, causing 3,304 deaths. The numbers would equal about nine overdose deaths in North Carolina every day, a 40% increase in opioid deaths. Substance, Overdoses Use Skyrocketed Since Pandemic’s Beginning By June of 2020, […]

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April 18, 2022
Middle-Aged Adults and Opioid Use Disorder

People of all ages from all walks of life can struggle with addiction. According to the World Health Organization, nearly 62 million people worldwide use opioids recreationally every year. In the United States,  nearly 2 million people use opioids every year. In fact, one-third of Americans know someone who is or has been addicted to […]

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March 25, 2022
Understanding North Carolina’s Opioid Epidemic During The Pandemic

New, starker numbers came out this week describing the depth of North Carolina’s opioid epidemic during 2020. On average, nine people a day died from addiction in North Carolina. The opioid left about 3,304 people dead, and nearly 15,000 people in the emergency department got treatment for drug-related issues such as an overdose or dangerous […]

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March 24, 2022
DEA Says Medication-Assisted Treatment Is Safe, Expands Access

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced plans to expand access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in the United States, making it clear that they believe it to be a safe and indispensable tool for people suffering from Substance Use Disorder. In a press release last Wednesday, the agency responsible for policing illegal drugs and […]

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March 2, 2022
North Carolina's Opioid Settlements Disbursed Soon

North Carolina is about to receive a cash infusion from opioid settlements. The payout comes from opioid manufacturer Johnson and Johnson. Drug distributors Cardinal, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen, also contributed to the payout. (North Carolina may be in line to receive $100 million from a separate settlement with the Sackler family, Purdue Pharma's owners, and Oxycontin […]

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February 17, 2022
In North Carolina, Fentanyl Is Involved In 77% Of Fatal ODs

Fatal overdoses in all parts of North Carolina have increased since the beginning of the pandemic. The trend, over time, is bleak. Recent statistics show 2,350 drug overdoses between January and August 2021. Of those overdoses, 77% listed fentanyl as a contributing factor to death. Fentanyl is the leading factor in most drug overdose deaths […]

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February 16, 2022
Talking To A Loved One About Their Substance Abuse

If somebody you care about seems to struggle with substance use, you may have already tried to talk to them. Or maybe you have held off talking to your loved one about their addiction because you’re unsure what to say. Talking to somebody about mental health or addiction can feel intimidating. When you love somebody, […]

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