"Each year we bring our fifth graders to experience the Adventure Learning Center's alpine tower, giant swing, and team building exercises. They always come back energized, proud, and united! I believe it is one of the best field trips for kids! The staff is always positive, encouraging and totally dedicated to the kids. "

— 5th Grade Counselor, New Hanover County Schools

Six County Regional Meeting

The Six County Regional Group meets once a quarter to share data and upcoming policy changes regarding the opioid epidemic. For information on the date and time of upcoming meetings please contact Tammy Brunelle at Coastal Horizons Prevention Services by emailing tbrunelle@coastalhorizons.org or calling 910-202-0840.

Data/Reports

Below are a few talking points based on statistics from Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), these are all NC statistics.

  • 8 out 10 heroin users start with prescription drugs.
  • 2 out of 3 opioid overdoses are prescription drug related.
  • 67% of individuals who misuse prescription drugs get them from either their home or the home of someone they know.
  • 1 out of 6 teens report taking prescription drugs without a prescription.

Autopsies Performed by the NC Medical Examiner System – published 5/8/17

Fentanyl and Heroin-Related Deaths in North Carolina(2010-2016) – published 4/26/17

2016-Fentanyl and Heroin-Related Deaths in North Carolina – published 4/26/17

Funding to fight the Opioid Epidemic:  North Carolina will receive $31 million in federal funds over two years to fight the opioid epidemic. This is a Cures Act grant, and funding will be used to increase access to prevention, treatment, and recovery supports, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid-related overdoses and deaths. Get more information here.

Controlled Substances Reporting System Improvements: Senate and House budgets both have 1.2 million in recurring funds for CSRS System improvements.

Efforts of NC Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC) to fight overdose epidemic HB 243 = SB 175 $100,000 of funding for overdose reversal kits- – $75K to HRC and $25K to law enforcement agencies. As of 6/1/17 the bill was at the Senate.