"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey.
When we talk about the safety of our children, a slow, but increasing issue that needs to be addressed is opioid use in our schools.
According to the NC Department of Health and Human Services' NC DETECT report, there was a 40% increase in opioid overdose ER visits in 2017 compared to 2016 – and 5% of the overdoses were between the ages of 10-19.
Our children are our greatest investment. We need to protect them with absolute certainty.
The North Carolina Medical Board, based in Raleigh, has compiled a comprehensive action plan to address this growing issue. This board operates outside of state budgets.
In June 2017, Governor Cooper announced a "Bold Action Plan to Turn the Tide of the Opioid Epidemic in North Carolina." As we approach a year since this action plan, where are we? Has the plan worked? What has the impact been in your community?