There are positive signs in the Cape Fear region that initiatives to combat the opioid epidemic are making headway.
The Cape Fear Opioid Overdose Quick Response Team, a pilot program funded for two years by the North Carolina General Assembly, is reporting good results. In February, they told WHQR’s Vince Winkel they’re moving about ten people a month into treatment. Officials say doctors are prescribing fewer opioids, too. But there’s a legacy issue. Those already addicted often move to heroin when they can no longer get prescriptions for opioids.
According to a recent report from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, overdose deaths among women are on the rise. In New Hanover County, one local doctor, William Johnstone, who is a faculty member of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, recognized the problem among his patients early. He launched a program last year, funded by the county, that offers medically-assisted therapy to women who are either new mothers, pregnant, or who might become pregnant.
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