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ICYMI: Turning the Tide on Opioid Misuse and Overdose

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Governor Roy Cooper speaks about the opioid crisis at the Summit on Tuesday.

June 30, 2017 — News reports following this week’s Opioid Misuse & Overdose Prevention Summit showed widespread interest in the bold plan to attack the opioid crisis that was announced by Governor Roy Cooper and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D., and supported by Attorney General Josh Stein.

The opioid epidemic has claimed more than 12,000 lives since 1999 and the death toll is projected to reach 1,500 a year by 2021 without taking steps to turn the tide.

Some of the news coverage includes:

North Carolina releases plan to fight opioid abuse

NC Gov. Roy Cooper: Health care plan would hurt fight against opioid addiction

State leaders taking steps to battle opioid epidemic

State leaders hold summit to discuss plans to tackle opioid abuse crisis

Cooper announces plan to fight opioid overdose

Cooper outlines opioid plan

NC health department hosts summit about opioid epidemic

NC Leaders holding opioid prevention, misuse summit

Melody Barrett