So many people in our community have been impacted by the opioid crisis - they have lost a loved one to an overdose or they are struggling with the disease of addiction. People are hurting and pain like this demands a response.
Counties are uniquely positioned - and, I believe, have a responsibility - to help lead a multi-pronged response to the opioid crisis that includes partnering with advocates, those directly impacted, and providers. Buncombe County's current efforts are robust and include running a Syringe Services program and supporting community-based needle exchange programs and other harm reduction strategies; supporting treatment and recovery programs, including housing for mothers in recovery and their infants; being active in collaborations among stakeholders; and filing a lawsuit to recover damages from pharmaceutical companies.
Click here to read more of my recent op-ed in the Citizen Times.