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By Erin Smith

In fighting to stem the tide of the Opioid Crisis in Bladen County and across the United States, many states and the federal government are encouraging all agencies to use all of the means at their disposal to end the abuse of opioid medications.

On Friday, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced the purchase of an additional 40,000 doses of Naloxone by the state of North Carolina in an effort to save lives from overdoses. This purchase was part of the state’s Opioid Action Plan which is designed to reduce the numbers of opioid overdose deaths by the year 2021.

Some of the goals of North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan include reducing the numbers of prescriptions for opioid medications, expansion of treatment centers, and educating the community regarding opioid abuse.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will be distributing the Naloxone doses to EMS providers, treatment centers, and nonprofit drug treatment centers.

If you or someone you know needs assistance call Eastpointe MCO at 1-800-913-6109.