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New Generics Available in May

Good news for those suffering from insomnia and acid reflux disease. New generics will be available in May for the following medications.

Lunesta – for insomnia

Nexium – for gastoesophageal reflux disease

Ask us or your doctor about how the generic compares to your current medication and which is right for you.

Good Samaritan Laws

In 2013 North Carolina passed SB20 — also known as the “911 Good Samaritan and Naloxone Access Bill”. Since the law passed one year ago, almost 600 lives have been saved with the help of the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) and its community-based Overdose Prevention Program (OPP). The OPP provides free overdose reversal kits and training to those likely to experience or witness an overdose.

The law states that individuals who experience a drug overdose or persons who witness an overdose and seek help for the victim can no longer be prosecuted for possession of small amounts of drugs, paraphernalia, or underage drinking. The purpose of the law is to remove the fear of criminal repercussions for calling 911 to report an overdose, and to instead focus on efforts on getting help to the victim.

The Naloxone Access portion of the bill removes civil liabilities from doctors who prescribe the drug and bystanders who administer the opiate antidote which reverses drug overdose from opiates. The bill also allows NCHRC and other community-based organizations to dispense Narcan under the guidance of a medical provider.

This law is also supported by NC Board of Medicine and is mission to protect the people of North Carolina.

If you or someone you know would benefit from the work of the NCHRC and the OPP, please visit https://www.nchrc.org/ for more information.

Heroin – The growing trend of abuse among our youth

An estimated 9.2 million people in the world use heroin and that number is growing. The increase in prescription drug abuse is the leading cause of the rise in heroin addiction. The growing number of young people who start abusing expensive prescription drugs are now switching to heroin which is cheaper and easier to buy – prescription pain pills cost $20-$60, compare that to heroin that costs $3-$10 a bag.

First, young people start off by snorting the drug and within weeks, most are shooting up and in just a month, they are addicted.

A few statistics:

  • Almost 90% of teens who are addicted to heroin are white.
  •  In 2012 heroin deaths doubled in North Carolina to 148.
  • Opiates, mostly heroin, account for 18% of the admissions for drug and alcohol treatment in the US.

Signs and Symptoms:

  • Behavior changes
  • Hyperactivity followed by fatigue
  • Disorientation
  • Irresponsibility at work or school
  • Lying
  • Wearing long shirts and pants even during warm weather
  • Increased sleeping
  • Slurred speech
  • Track marks on arms or legs
  • Weight loss
  • Constant runny nose
  • Scabs or bruises due to picking at the skin

These statistics are frightening and the trend is sadly growing. We must continue to educate ourselves and our children of the danger of drug abuse and addiction. Let’s all work together to be vigilant with our youth to spot the symptoms so our children don’t become a statistic.