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Bladen County Opiate Related Deaths go from 0-5

In the past ten years opioid addictions have turned into a crisis. North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper reported on new data released on May 16th, showing a sobering local impact of the opioid crisis.

In 2015, there were more than 1,100 opioid-related deaths, a 73 percent increase from 2005 according to the newly released data. Bladen County Opiate related deaths went from 0 in 2005 to 5 Opiate Related deaths in 2015.

“Opioid addiction is devastating families across the nation,” said Governor Cooper. “This is a uniquely challenging crisis for our communities and will require a new level of collaboration between law enforcement, treatment-providers, and those in recovery. I am committed to combatting opioid abuse in North Carolina, and I urge the General Assembly to make a similar investment to help those who are suffering from this disease.”
In his budget proposal, Common Ground Solutions for North Carolina, Governor Cooper proposed providing $12 million in statewide mental health single stream funds to help combat the opioid crisis and an additional $2 million to enhance local law enforcement’s efforts to fight the crisis. The Senate Republican budget, however, provides just $1.9 million per year to curb the opioid crisis and actually cuts single stream funding used for crisis mental health and substance abuse treatment by $100 million.
Governor Cooper recently joined leaders across the country in a bipartisan commission to combat the opioid crisis. Led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Gov. Cooper will work with the commission to support better access to mental health treatment and criminal justice reforms, which can help people suffering from addiction to truly recover.

 

 


 

Here’s a look at how each county is impacted by the opioid crisis:
County 2005 Opiate Related Deaths 2015 Opiate Related Deaths
NC Total 642 1,110 – a 73% increase
Alamance 8 11
Alexander 2 6
Alleghany 1 2
Anson 1 1
Ashe 2 2
Avery 2 3
Beaufort 6 5
Bertie 1 1
Bladen 0 5
Brunswick 14 24
Buncombe 29 29
Burke 12 31
Cabarrus 25 17
Caldwell 10 23
Camden 2 3
Carteret 12 15
Caswell 1 2
Catawba 9 17
Chatham 1 1
Cherokee 6 1
Chowan 0 3
Clay 0 0
Cleveland 7 18
Columbus 7 9
Craven 12 22
Cumberland 14 41
Currituck 0 4
Dare 3 3
Davidson 16 19
Davie 7 4
Duplin 2 3
Durham 6 17
Edgecombe 3 6
Forsyth 13 53
Franklin 4 7
Gaston 25 30
Gates 0 1
Graham 1 2
Granville 1 5
Greene 1 2
Guilford 27 47
Halifax 2 10
Harnett 7 10
Haywood 8 8
Henderson 10 13
Hertford 1 0
Hoke 1 2
Hyde 0 0
Iredell 13 15
Jackson 4 3
Johnston 8 23
Jones 1 3
Lee 2 7
Lenoir 1 7
Lincoln 5 5
McDowell 5 8
Macon 2 4
Madison 0 6
Martin 1 1
Mecklenburg 26 61
Mitchell 3 4
Montgomery 3 3
Moore 4 11
Nash 2 11
New Hanover 26 45
Northampton 1 1
Onslow 11 15
Orange 7 6
Pamlico 2 4
Pasquotank 4 2
Pender 1 14
Perquimans 0 1
Person 5 3
Pitt 8 12
Polk 0 2
Randolph 8 30
Richmond 7 11
Robeson 5 11
Rockingham 14 11
Rowan 20 29
Rutherford 10 14
Sampson 0 5
Scotland 7 5
Stanly 7 12
Stokes 2 13
Surry 10 7
Swain 2 1
Transylvania 5 4
Tyrrell 0 0
Union 9 18
Vance 6 5
Wake 35 62
Warren 1 0
Washington 0 1
Watauga 3 7
Wayne 3 9
Wilkes 14 24
Wilson 2 6
Yadkin 5 5
Yancey 0 5
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