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Opioid- and heroin-related overdoses in NC nearly double from last year, Nash sheriff says

Posted July 26

Despite efforts to reduce the number of drug overdoses in North Carolina, officials said the rate of the incidents has nearly double since the same time last year.

This June, there were more than 920 heroin or opioid overdoses in North Carolina. Last year at the same time, there were about 530. Officials said the most common victims are white men between the ages of 25 and 34.

The Nash County Sheriff's Office said emergency rooms saw an average of 66 additional visits per month for opioid-related overdoses from March to June of this year. In the same time, ERs averaged 58 more visits per months for overdoses due to heroin.

"In other words, the situation is not improving," the sheriff's office wrote in a Facebook post. "We must reach out to our family members and friends who are caught in this epidemic and get them help. Do not say that it will not happen to my family. Look at the statistics above. The opioid epidemic is in suburbia America.”

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