In 2018, 1718 North Carolina residents were killed due to overdose thanks to the reality of opioid abuse which has become so commonplace in our society. During that same year, at least 6,769 North Carolina residents were seen in emergency rooms across our state for opioid-related concerns according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. As many readers know, this opioid crisis affects a broad slice of families across the state without regard to race, religion, gender, or socioeconomic status and it is likely that you know someone affected by opioid abuse.
The use and abuse of these drugs affects us in the workplace, in our children’s schools, at church, community events, and certainly at our courthouses. If your coworker is dealing with an abuse problem, it affects their productivity and increases workload to others to cover for the coworker’s absence and performance. Our safety is impacted when these same individuals are working around us and operating equipment in a manner which puts our safety in jeopardy. Our children are impacted at school when dealing with the ramifications of a parent who is not capable of good parenting while on this track of abuse. The availability of drugs also makes our children susceptible to experimenting with drugs as they view the abuse of these drugs by the adults in their life. We are exposed to those whose faculties are impaired at church and community events. Finally, our courthouses are overwhelmed in dealing with the criminal charges that often accompany the use of opioids or criminal conduct by people in our communities who commit property crimes in order to generate the money necessary to sustain their addiction.