North Carolina is making nearly 40,000 more units of life-saving medication available to help fight the opioid epidemic, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The state has purchased naloxone, which can reverse opioid overdose, to help reduce the number of unintentional opioid-related deaths in North Carolina. To date there have over 8000 reversals in NC.

In addition, individuals with opioid use disorders will now have better treatment options thanks to a decision to remove the North Carolina Medicaid program’s prior approval requirement for Suboxone film, allowing physicians to start this treatment immediately when indicated.

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