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Recent Event in Harkers Island Focuses on Addiction Recovery
A recent event held in Harkers Island, North Carolina focused on educating the community on the addiction recovery services that are available in the region.
By: Addiction Now
The event — hosted by the Carteret County Health Department, the Peer Recovery Center of Carteret and Bridge Down East — welcomed residents, agencies, and organizations that support individuals battling mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
Susan McNamara, executive director for Bridge Down East at Harkers Island, said that there are new addiction recovery and treatment services coming to the area as the residents need more of these resources.
In 2017, more than 250 visits to emergency departments were attributed to drug abuse, misuse and/or addiction in Carteret County.
According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, opioids were linked to 12,000 deaths in North Carolina, from 1999 to 2016.
From 2016 to 2017, there was 40 percent increase in the number of emergency room visits related to opioids across the state — 4,103 to 5,745, respectively. And in February of 2017, the state reported a total 433 opioid emergency room visits, while in February of 2018 there were 397.