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NC is home to the #1 worst city for opioid abuse – and four in the top 20

If you’ve been following our coverage of the opioid crisis in North Carolina and whether the state is properly funding a response, a new report from Castlight Health will interest you.

The report uses current, anonymous health data from nearly a million people who use employer-based health insurance to map the 25 worst cities in the U.S. for opioid abuse. North Carolina has 4 cities in the top 20 – including the number one spot, Wilmington.

Other North Carolina cities on the list include Hickory at 5th, Jacksonville at 12th and Fayetteville at 18th.

A map of the 25 worst cities for opioid abuse – including four NC cities

The report also has some interesting stats on income levels relative to opioid abuse and income as well as age.

Read the full report here.

While the recently passed state budget did improve funding for the state’s Controlled Substances Reporting System and funneled $10 million in federal grants to treatment services, it was well under what Gov. Roy Cooper called for in his suggested budget and only about half of what was called for in the bi-partisan Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act.

A small pilot program to treat opiate overdoses was funded in Wilmington, the seat of New Hanover County which has one of the highest instances of opioid related deaths. The problem there has led the county health department to produce a series of public service announcement videos.

A number of Democrats – including Cooper – are disappointed and say more funding and a more holistic approach is crucial.

 

 

2 Comments


  1. Louie

    July 7, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    too bad NC doesnt have a medical cannabis program like Maryland is starting up

  2. Dr. K.J.Quick

    July 8, 2017 at 3:06 am

    Will the drug crisis in NC is really no different than any other State, or County in the United States. Drugs are common core products to are individual life term politicians. Whenever there is a sure way that a investment can be made by legalizing or turning their heads away from matters {like all of these individuals being shot by police officers ) they really do not want to deal with: so during election time they pose the question(s) on the voting ballets and allow the citizens who do what they do not understand; which to put a rope around their own neck and the nail in the coffin of their family/friends, all while the local politicians (not all) are still making money off of the citizens from the dope house to the treatment house.

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