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February 4, 2022
The Quiet Meth Epidemic In North Carolina

Recently, police stopped a Utah man in Iredell County with nearly $800,000 of crystal methamphetamine, a total of almost 17 pounds. According to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office, they arrested the man as part of an investigation into a Mexican-based drug trafficking organization. However, his arrest is just a blip on the radar as there […]

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January 18, 2022
MAT Stops Recidivism In Inmate Populations With OUD

A new report from NIH studies recidivism rates in justice-involved individuals who are administered buprenorphine, a Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) drug. The study showed that people who got treatment for their opioid use disorder (OUD) with MAT were less likely to re-offend or be re-incarcerated. What is Buprenorphine? Buprenorphine is a prescription medication that helps treat […]

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January 13, 2022
How to Ask for Help With Your Opioid Addiction

Asking for help when you have an addiction may seem like a daunting task. You may worry that your loved ones will be disappointed in you if you admit you have no control over your opioid use. You may feel sad, overwhelmed, or anxious about your next steps. However, asking for help is a significant […]

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January 11, 2022
Opioid Addiction in the Healthcare Profession

Working in healthcare is one of the most stressful jobs in modern times. Especially during this pandemic era, people like nurses may turn to opioids as a coping behavior. Many people who work in healthcare start their opioid use disorder like others; by getting a legitimate prescription and becoming addicted to it. Some people start […]

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December 29, 2021
North Carolina Opioid Initiatives Overlook Medication-Assisted Treatment

Addiction recovery advocates say that money allocated to help addicted persons find recovery overlooks Medication-Assisted Treatment and gives resources to unproven drug treatment methods. While the pandemic has raged in the past year, nearly 3600 lives have been lost to addiction. Resources have been slim. And the state has a new influx of money from […]

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December 10, 2021
North Carolina’s Opioid Crisis Is Deadlier Than Elsewhere

During the pandemic, there’s been a lot of heartaches. Alongside the COVID-19 epidemic, the opioid epidemic has continued to rage, even as resources closed or dried up. Now the grim numbers have been made available, and there’s a glimpse of the public health emergency. Overdoses increased between April 2020 and April 2021 across the United […]

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December 9, 2021
Getting Help For Opioid Use Disorder During The Holidays

Is it possible to get clean and sober during the holiday season? Of course, it is, but it may feel challenging. Unfortunately, there’s no “good” or “bad” time to get help for a substance use disorder. Addiction has never decided to be convenient to anyone. However, if you’re ready to stop using drugs and are […]

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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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