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North Carolina News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Family Ties Keeps One Rural OB-GYN Practicing in Eastern NC, Despite Challenges
Mar 1, 2018 - Highlights the practice of one rural OB-GYN in North Carolina. Touches on the barriers that practices face in rural areas, including recruitment and retention, and on the specific health needs he sees in his practice, including women with substance abuse issues and chronic illnesses.
Source: North Carolina Health News
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Rural Parts of North Carolina Need More Doctors. He’s Trying to Change That.
Feb 14, 2018 - Interview with Dr. Robert Bashford, the Assistant Dean of the University of North Carolina's School of Medicine's Rural Initiative Program, a program that offers debt-forgiveness to med students who agree to work in rural and underserved areas of the state. Also touches on the need to address social determinants of health with patients.
Source: The News & Observer
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Aetna Foundation to Support States in Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic
Feb 13, 2018 - The Aetna Foundation announced that it will provide grants totaling $6 million to fund projects combating the opioid epidemic. These will be projects that state and local leaders have identified as promising. The first $1 million grant will be awarded to the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition's (NCHRC) Rural Opioid Overdose Prevention Project, which distributes naloxone and provides education in five rural North Carolina counties.
Source: Business Wire
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These NC Counties Have More Opioid Prescriptions than People
Feb 1, 2018 - Discusses updated statistics from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on the distribution of opioid prescriptions in the state and the resultant fallout. In 2016, more than 675 million pills were dispensed. In a third of North Carolina counties, there were more opioid prescriptions than people. Between 1999 and 2016, opioid-related deaths in the state increased 900%.
Source: The Charlotte Observer
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Rapid Rise In NC Police Carrying Opioid Overdose Kits In All But Rural Counties
Jan 28, 2018 - Discusses the increase in North Carolina law enforcement agencies carrying naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses. Despite significant increase, many of the North Carolina agencies that aren't carrying naloxone are in rural counties with higher per-capita overdose death rates than the state's major metro areas.
Source: WUNC 91.5 North Carolina Public Radio
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Last Updated: 3/1/2018