State gearing up for battle against opioids

By George Heath

North Carolina’s stepping up to fight against the opioid crisis. Governor Roy Cooper said last week that the state purchased nearly 40,000 additional units of naloxone, a drug that reverses opioid overdoses.

President Trump called the epidemic a “public health emergency” last month — a crisis that claimed the lives of more than 33-thousand people in 2015.

With us now to talk about the epidemic is Dr. Nabarun Dasgupta. He’s a senior research scientist with the UNC Injury Prevention Center and Eshelman School of Pharmacy. He’s also the primary architect for Project Lazaru, an initiative to put naloxone kits across the state.

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