Opioid addiction is tearing families apart at rates never before seen. Some addicts are stitching their lives together with lots of help, while others are seemingly struggling as they look to get clean on their own.
Spectrum News presents The Opioid Epidemic: Carolina In Crisis Tuesday, May 22 beginning at 7 p.m. with a special edition of Capital Tonight. Following the special at 8 p.m., join us for a live town hall at 8:30 p.m. with local law enforcement representatives, political leaders, and addiction specialists who will focus on possible solutions to the problem.
Our half- hour special premieres on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 8 p.m. EST, followed by a town hall from 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. It will re-air on Thursday, May 24 and May 27, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Among the guests scheduled for the town hall are Attorney General Josh Stein, Sec. Mandy Cohen from NC DHHS, Rep. Greg Murphy, Nashville Police Chief Tom Bashor and Dr. Stephen Wyatt from Addiction Psychiatry at Atrium Health.
Opioids are a class of drugs naturally found in the opium poppy plant, including heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine and many others.
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, opioids are often used as medicines because they contain chemicals that relax the body and can relieve pain. Opioids can cause people to feel "high" and are very addictive. According to the NIDA, heroin is one of the world's most dangerous opioids.