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Charlotte Talks: The International Roots Of The Opioid Crisis

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Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019

Combating America's opioid crisis is an international effort. The State Department's James Walsh is playing a role in that fight, and he joins Mike Collins for a look at what the government is doing abroad to address opioid use at home.

In 2018, the government reported that North Carolina had the second-highest increase in opioid deaths in the country, and blamed it on the prevalence of fentantyl, a synthetic opioid that has driven the country's opioid crisis.

Much of the fentanyl is coming from China and Mexico, said James Walsh of the State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

Credit U.S. Department of State

Walsh has come to Charlotte to speak with the World Affairs Council about the government's efforts to bring other countries on board with the opioid fight.


James Walsh, principal deputy assistant secretary of state, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs


Mr. Walsh will address the World Affairs Council of Charlotte at 12 p.m. on Wednesday at the Hilton Charlotte Center City. For more information, click here.

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