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Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

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Deaths from drug overdoses  have spiked in North Carolina and around the nation. Here, overdoses are up 75 percent since 2002 and most of these are from prescription drugs. More People are now killed from opioid overdoses than car accidents. It's a public health crisis - an entirely preventable epidemic - being fueled by increasing numbers of painkiller prescriptions like OxyContin. 

Fred Wells Brason II
- president and CEO of Project Lazarus, a community-based opioid overdose prevention model reaching North Carolina and various parts of the U.S. 

Dr. Stephen Wyatt - medical director of addiction medicine at Carolinas HealthCare System