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Addressing Opioid Abuse In North Carolina

Jennifer Lang

Opioid-related deaths have soared throughout the U.S. since the early 2000s, and North Carolina is no exception. As heroin overdoses have spiked, so have cases of Hepatitis C. Some state senators want to address that by legalizing a syringe exchange program. It's one example of how lawmakers are getting creative in dealing with the epidemic. We'll explore that and other proposals at the General Assembly.

Dr. Stephen Wyatt– Medical Director of Addiction Medicine at Carolinas HealthCare System

Hyun Namkoong– Harm Reduction Services and Advocacy Coordinator, North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition

Corey Davis– Deputy Director, Network for Public Health Law