Buncombe County staff presented commissioners with an update on opioid use on Tuesday, Aug. 1. Statistics from Buncombe EMS show some 520 responses to overdoses and poisonings in the first half of this year.
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Cure for pain: Preventing opioid-related deaths
Buncombe County, like many places across the country, is in the throes of an opioid epidemic, many local sources say. Despite law enforcement efforts and increased awareness of overprescribing, the last few years have seen a dramatic rise in opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Between 2005 and 2014, the county had 110 homicides, according to the […]
Letter writer: Addicts need help, not judgment
“While I agree that addicts should be treated as people suffering from a lethal condition and not as criminals, I think that it is also as important to present addicts as human beings who make sometimes make decisions with terrible consequences.”