Opioid overdose deaths triple in Buncombe County

Overdose deaths are increasing in Buncombe County.

According to WLOS:

[O]verdose deaths in Buncombe County nearly tripled and ER visits were on the rise.
Jennifer Garrett, clinical supervisor at Western Carolina Treatment Center in Asheville, said there was a shift from prescription drug abuse to street drug abuse.

This follows a national trend - and and even more-pronounced statewide trend.

In 2017, there were 1,953 overdose deaths­­­ involving opioids in North Carolina—a rate of 19.8 deaths per 100,000 persons compared to the average national rate of 14.6 deaths per 100,000 persons.

Chris West writing at NC Civitas:

If lawmakers want to address the opioid epidemic...they should focus on substance-abuse treatment for those who truly need it & are willing to accept it, rather than on maintaining the costly expansion of Medicaid to millions of able-bodied adults.

Pete's Prep: Friday, May, 17, 2019

  • Laura Leslie at WRAL reports: "Sales taxes are capped at 7 percent statewide, plus a quarter–cent for transit if county voters approve. The legislation now heading to the Senate would let counties use that extra quarter-cent for school construction, teacher supplements or any other purpose they choose, as long as voters agree to it."
  • Socialist US Sen. Bernie Sanders holds a rally in Asheville today. He wrote an op-ed in today's Citizen-Times about school segregation. (I wonder if this will lead to a push in consolidating City and County schools.)
  • But Dr. Terry Stoops writes at Carolina Journal: "If you want to understand the appeal of charter schools, start by talking with the parents."

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