Opioids in United States

Spectrum News presents The Opioid Epidemic: Carolina In Crisis Tuesday, May 22 beginning at 7 p.m. Following the special at 8 p.m., join us for a live town hall with local law enforcement representatives, political leaders, and addiction specialists who will focus on possible solutions to the problem. 

  • Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NCInCrisis. 

Programming details:

Premiere:  Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Special:  8 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EST, Town Hall: 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. 
Thursday, May 24, 2018 -- Special:  8 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. EST, Town Hall: 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. 
Sunday, May 27, 2018 -- Special: 8 p.m.  – 8:30 p.m. EST, Town Hall: 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. 



Untreated opioid use disorder during pregnancy can have devastating consequences for the unborn baby. Fluctuating levels of opioids in the mother may expose the fetus to repeated periods of withdrawal, which can harm placenta function.1,2

Other direct physical risks include:1-3

  • neonatal abstinence syndrome
  • stunted growth
  • preterm labor
  • fetal convulsions
  • fetal death


Preventing an overdose

Opioid abusers face the potential for a fatal overdose each time they consume the powerful drugs. The risk of death is increased when opioids are mixed with alcohol, other drugs, or medications.

Inside the mind of user, an overdose occurs when the person takes too much of the drug and interrupts the body’s ability to breathe while overwhelming the brain. 

Sings of an overdose include small pupils, loss of consciousness, shallow breathing, choking, limp body, or pale blue skin.

If someone is overdosing you should:

  • Call 911 immediately
  • Administer Naloxone if available
  • Keep the person awake and breathing
  • Prevent choking by laying the user on his/her side
  • Don’t leave a person overdosing alone until help arrives