Heroin Deaths Rising In North Carolina, U.S.

October 2, 2014 10:47 PM

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Heroin Deaths Rising In North Carolina, U.S.

A new government study says deaths from heroin overdose in the United States doubled between 2010 and 2012. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at data from 28 states. That upward trend is also taking place in North Carolina, where heroin deaths climbed from 38 to 183 between 2010 and 2013; representing an increase of 480%. In response, lawmakers passed Senate Bill 20 last year. That measure deregulates Naloxone.

"Essentially it's an EpiPen for opioid overdoses. So people, family members, health departments are starting to carry Naloxone so that they can give it to people, so that an overdose occurs they can kind of help them immediately," said, Scott Proescholdbell, an injury epidemiologist with the Departm...

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