Health and law enforcement officials in North Carolina are trying to deal with an epidemic of opioid addiction, and they’re moving away from criminal prosecution for substance use disorders. Instead, the newer model is to coordinate care across the divide between physical and behavioral health “silos” (separate areas of service provision).
Denise Patterson has already begun her work as the new superintendent of the Asheville City Schools. A native of North Carolina, Patterson says she is looking forward to becoming a part of the Asheville community.
Gov. Roy Cooper came to Asheville on Thursday to proclaim September as Drug and Alcohol Recovery Month in the state and to pledge his support for efforts that would effectively increase access to treatment for substance use disorder. “Every day in North Carolina, four people die from opioid overdose,” Cooper said before reading and signing the […]
Ever since the 70s, with the publication of Our Bodies, Ourselves, women have been exploring and discussing their sexuality. Now a group of Asheville women has organized a group that carries on that tradition.
Although the popular cheese spread originated in New York, it has long been a staple of Southern kitchens. Asheville variations often feature unconventional additions such as as pecans and bourbon.
About 50 people took part in a bystander intervention training session on July 30 to learn the best strategies for intervening in tense or dangerous situations. The training facilitators shared techniques to safely and positively take action.
At Secrets of a Duchess wig shop, women have an opportunity to look healthy even when undergoing chemotherapy. Owner Judy Maisel helps them hold their head up high in public.
Forty-eight years ago this month, a police raid on a gay nightclub in New York and the resulting resistance sparked a human rights revolution. What became known as the Stonewall riots (after the name of the club) began on June 28, 1969, and the six days of unrest that followed played a key role in […]
With everything from blueberries to beets ripening at WNC gardens and farms, it’s time to get busy preserving the bounty for the months to come.
As a steady rain falls outside, Philip Caruso stands in the bedroom of his new apartment. “I don’t care [that it’s raining],” he says. “For the first time in decades, I’m not outside under a pine tree somewhere.” Caruso is a U.S. Marine veteran who saw combat in Beirut during the 1980s. His life was […]
Successful aging consists of a number of variables. Diet, exercise and socializing are key, but a local couple points to humor and attitude as equally important. The bottom line, says a local geriatrician, is living life to the fullest, regardless of the challenges.
Several Asheville nonprofits assist women with breast and gynecological cancer by helping to pay for treatment-related expenses as well as transportation, rent and utility bills.
Clinical pharmacy gained traction when the Asheville Project, an initiative that addressses chronic health problems in city employees, included pharmacists in medical teams. Now clinical pharmacists have a greater role to play in a variety of medical settings.
Although the definition is nebulous, healthy foods are easy to find at Asheville supermarkets.
The Asheville Project, a city program that helps employees with chronic health problems, makes improvements in their health while at the same time dramatically reducing costs.
Although excessive alcohol consumption can cause myriad health problems, moderate consumption of alcohol can actually improve health, according to a variety of studies.
At Asheville’s Hanukkah celebrations, potato pancakes, doughnuts and other fried foods symbolize the ancient miracle of the oil that lasted eight days in the Temple of Jerusalem.
This year’s winners talk about what it takes to build a stellar gingerbread creation.
A “doughnut hole” of contamination in DuPont State Recreational Forest likely will be cleaned up in the coming year as a remediation plan moves forward. State officials held a public comment session on Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Transylvania County Public Library, but only a half dozen people attended and just one came forward to comment. […]
Before taking the stage at a local middle school to talk about HIV/AIDS prevention, Michael Harney overheard one pre-teen boy offer a preview to another. “He’s going to pray to the vagina,” one boy said. Apparently, word gets around, says Harney. “I fall on my knees and offer thanks for vaginas because none of us […]
Rape cases result in convictions only 3 percent of the time, and when they do, a light sentence can add to the trauma many victims experience.