North Carolina’s Opioid Epidemic:
Rising to the challenge
The Governor’s Institute improves the lives of people with substance abuse problems by ensuring that doctors and other healthcare providers are equipped to prevent, identify, and treat these disorders. These conditions often go undiagnosed or ignored, resulting in enormous problems and costs for individuals and their communities. Historically, doctors have not had much education about substance abuse and we fill this gap by training them and working with their offices to more effectively treat these conditions.
One of the biggest challenges facing our communities today is the growing opioid addiction epidemic.
Opioids such as Vicodin, Percocet, and OxyContin are commonly prescribed to control pain but they have enormous addiction potential. More people die today as a result of prescription drug overdose than car accidents and for every 1 overdose death, there are 25 emergency room visits and over 650 people misusing opioids.
Many groups are working on prevention of opioid addiction, using a variety of strategies but more is needed, especially in treatment. There are medications and approaches available to effectively treat opioid addiction that are not widely being used. This is where we can make a difference by providing training and support to doctors to put these methods and medications into use.
We are seeking to establish a program to better help healthcare professionals treat this epidemic and we are asking for funding to establish that program. Are you willing to donate?
You can use the form below to donate online or to avoid processing fees to the GI you can send a check or money order to Governor’s Institute 1121 Situs Court, Suite 320, Raleigh, NC 27606 with Donation in the memo line.