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Every North Carolinian can make a difference to confront the opioid crisis and take back our communities from the grips of this epidemic. Here’s a look at some of the actions North Carolinians have already taken. Want to share your own action? Send us a message.
Assemble Naloxone Kits
During National Public Health Week, Anna Austin and Amanda Sin, members of Attorney General Stein’s Council on Collegiate Opioid Misuse, partnered with the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition to host an event on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus. At the event, undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines helped assemble naloxone kits for distribution in communities across North Carolina. Students also learned about legislative initiatives to address the opioid epidemic in North Carolina. Volunteers assembled more 1,800 naloxone kits and discussed ways in which students can contribute to efforts to address the opioid epidemic. Others interested in hosting a naloxone assembly event or learning more about legislative and harm reduction initiatives to address the opioid epidemic can contact the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition.
Town of Waynesville
Passes a Resolution
The town of Waynesville became the first North Carolina municipality to pass a resolution in support of More Powerful NC. Led by Police Chief Bill Hollingshed and Mayor Gavin Brown, Waynesville has been a statewide leader in addressing the opioid epidemic.
“We have to understand, this isn’t just a law enforcement issue or a medical issue or a pharmaceutical issue,” Hollingsed said. “This is a community issue.” Read more here.
Adopts a Resolution
Dare County became the first North Carolina county to pass a resolution supporting More Powerful NC. The resolution was adopted by a unanimous vote from the Dare County Board of Commissioners, which resolved to encourage disposal of leftover medications, community conversations about the risks of opioids, and county efforts to connect individuals with substance use disorders to drug treatment and other services.
Passes a Resolution
The City of Jacksonville passed a resolution supporting More Powerful NC and committing to join forces to address the opioid epidemic through conversations and partnership with community members, the Onslow County School System, the business community, and law enforcement.
Passes a Resolution
The town of Huntersville passed a resolution in support of More Powerful NC and and resolved to join forces with others to address the opioid epidemic.
Kill Devil Hills
Passes a Resolution
The Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissioners and Mayor Sheila F. Davies passed a resolution in support of More Powerful NC. The resolution encourages community members to connect with substance use treatment and recovery resources, dispose of leftover medications, and talk to their families. The Board of Commissioners will continue to involve law enforcement and other criminal justice stakeholders to connect individuals to drug treatment and other services, such as recovery courts.
King Passes a Resolution
The city of King passed a resolution to be a partner on the More Powerful NC campaign, encourage and support community members to confront the epidemic, partner with school systems to improve opioid prevention curricula, and work with the Stokes and Forsyth County governments and other statewide organizations to create a comprehensive strategic plan to address opioids.
Kernersville Passes a Resolution
The town of Kernersville in Forsyth and Guilford Counties unanimously adopted the More Powerful NC resolution on May 7, 2019. The town will encourage community members to seek help and support for substance misuse disorders and support Kernserville Cares for Kids and other programs that help foster healthy students and discourage drug misuse, among other community-focused actions.
June 17, 2019 | Shelby hosts opioid addiction forum
June 16, 2019 | PORT tackles overdose surge
June 13, 2019 | Buncombe officials take harm-reduction approach to drug use
June 13, 2019 | Gov. Cooper notes progress in fighting opioid epidemic
June 13, 2019 | North Carolina fights rising hepatitis C infections
June 11, 2019 | Updated North Carolina opioid action plan released at summit
May 22, 2019 | Buncombe plans in-jail opioid treatment program
May 21, 2019 | Veterinarians in NC join fight against opioids
May 12, 2019 | Approaches to addiction treatment evolve
May 6, 2019 | County endorses alternative-court approach
May 5, 2019 | Opioid deaths, addiction continue to mount
May 5, 2019 | My Turn: Drug addiction killed my son
May 3, 2019 | My Turn: Drug addiction killed my son
April 28, 2019 | Understanding the opioid crisis and its effects
April 26, 2019 | New State Pilot Program To Fight Inmate Opioid Deaths
April 24, 2019 | Before and after: Survivor shares story of her opioid addiction
April 11, 2019 | Cumberland County health board hopes to reduce opioid abuse
April 11, 2019 | Event at WCU raises substance abuse awareness
April 11, 2019 | Coalition: Community effort needed to fight Gaston opioid woes
April 9, 2019 | Hope4NC linking ENC residents to recovery resources
April 9, 2019 | NC Attorney General tours ENC crisis center
April 5, 2019 | Opioid task force awarded new grant
April 4, 2019 | Our view: Fighting opioids on a two-legged stool
April 4, 2019 | Statewide opioid education campaign launched
April 4, 2019 | North Carolina launches campaign to combat opioid crisis
April 4, 2019 | More Powerful NC: Statewide campaign to combat opioid epidemic
April 4, 2019 | ‘More Powerful NC’ aimed at opioid awareness
March 27, 2019 | Task Force Town Hall series will focus on opioid epidemic
March 26, 2019 | Students hope opioid summit helps reduce stigma of addiction
March 25, 2019 | Pastors say to address the opioid crisis, expand Medicaid
March 25, 2019 | Police dispense of old pills, aim to cut accidental poisonings
March 25, 2019 | ‘If Only’: Parents share stories of loss to educate on opioid abuse
March 24, 2019 | Overdose response team provides help to addicts
March 19, 2019 | How the opioid crisis makes everyone poorer
March 15, 2019 | NC Cooperative Extension youth program held in Wilmington
February 22, 2019 | Across NC, police make fundamental shift to addressing opioid-related crime
February 6, 2019 | A New Prognosis for Pain Care
February 5, 2019 | Officials: Wilmington Opioid Quick Response Team Makes Progress
January 17, 2019 | Opioid-Related ED Visits Down In NC – But Only Barely
January 5, 2019 | Ways to Protect Your Kids from Opioids
January 2, 2019 | ‘DARE’ program revamped to tackle opioid abuse
March 20, 2018 | DHHS Sees Rise in Opioid Overdose Emergency Department Visits
February 1, 2017 | DHHS Receives $31M Grant to Fight Opioid Epidemic
June 30, 2017 | How Data are Used to Help Combat Opioid Epidemic
June 30, 2017 | Increased Use of Naloxone Helps to Save Lives in NC
June 30, 2017 | Stories of Recovery: Speaker Among Those Giving Back
May 16, 2017 | County-by-County Figures: The Opioid Crisis in NC