Opiate abuse epidemic prompts new N.C. inpatient center

Addiction-Resources-Helping-HandsNorth Carolina is set to open a new inpatient treatment center specifically to deal with the state’s growing problem with opioid addiction, according to this article. The Walter B. Jones Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center in Greenville, N.C. has been certified by the federal government to become the state’s only inpatient center, and will be one of 75 nationwide offering full services for opiate addiction.

The program will serve high-risk patients with intake, detoxification and treatment in a hospital setting, and will also offer services to new mothers, who can bring children under age one into treatment with them, the article says.

Last year, about 1,000 people in North Carolina died of prescription drug overdoses, according to the N.C. Attorney General’s Office.

About Erin Marie Daly

I’m a freelance journalist based in San Francisco. My book on prescription drug and heroin addiction was published in August 2014 by Counterpoint Press.
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