Updated NC Statewide Overdose Surveillance Reports

Updated NC Statewide Overdose Surveillance Reports

The Injury and Violence Prevention Branch of the Division of Public Health recently revised the provisional data on opioid-related poisoning deaths (NC OCME), opioid overdose emergency department visits (NC DETECT) and statewide harm reduction data (NCHRC). Since many...
“Prevention of Misuse and Escalation to OUD”

“Prevention of Misuse and Escalation to OUD”

The Governor’s Institute’s Board Chair and RTI International prevention scientist Dr. Phillip Graham presented on “Prevention of Misuse and Escalation to OUD: Nida’s HEAL Prevention Initiative” at the Addiction Medicine Conference 2020 held May 1 and 2. Dr. Graham...
Racial and Ethnic Disparities Surrounding Vaping

Racial and Ethnic Disparities Surrounding Vaping

Dr. Susan McDowell, a family physician at MAHEC, presented on vaping at the virtual Addiction Medicine Conference 2020. We followed up with a participant question about racial and ethnic disparities. Here is her anwer: “Vaping is similar to conventional cigarettes in...
Exploring the Stigma that Surrounds Addiction

Exploring the Stigma that Surrounds Addiction

Tens of thousands of people die every year from untreated drug and alcohol use. Healthcare has effective tools including medications for opioid and alcohol use disorder that could prevent many of these deaths, but they are not being widely utilized and a lot of people...