Kelly Fahey

Study Shows School Nurses Want More Opioid-Related Training

According to a recent study out of UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy, school nurses in the Carolinas are vying for more access to Naloxone, a drug that can reverse opioid overdoses, and more training in dealing with opioid overdoses in general. The study shows that about 40% of school nurses in North and South Carolina have encountered a student with an opioid persription, but only 4% have had access to Naloxone. Assistant Professor at the Eshelmen School of Pharmacy Delesha Carpenter believes that reaching school-aged children can be instrumental in fighting the opioid crisis. “Around middle school is when...

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Challengers See Big Night in Chapel Hill Town Council Election

Voters called for a shakeup on the Chapel Hill Town Council this year as both incumbents, Ed Harrison and Maria Palmer, were unseated in last night’s election by challengers. Hongbin Gu, a political newcomer endorsed by CHALT, the Chapel Hill Alliance for a Livable Town, and Indy Week, came in first place with 5,883 votes. Gu was followed by Karen Stegman with 5,684 votes, Allen Buansi with 5,410 and Rachel Schaevitz with 5,076, all of whom were also CHALT endorsed candidates. The top three candidates were separated by a slim margin, making for a highly contested race. Incumbents Harrison...

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New Rainbow Crosswalk Coming to Carrboro

Carrboro will install North Carolina’s first rainbow crosswalk in support of the LGBTQ community. The crosswalk, which will replace a preexisting crosswalk on East Main Street, will also include a black and brown stripe to include communities of color, a design which was introduced in Philadelphia earlier this year. Carrboro’s Arts Commission has pointed to crosswalk designs in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as examples of how local artists can get creative with this project, which Alderwoman Bethany Chaney agrees with. “As much as everyone was supportive of the flag’s stripes, I felt like there was opportunity to think about Carrboro...

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Chapel Hill Approves Plans for New Wegmans

The Town of Chapel Hill approved the plans for the construction of a new Wegmans grocery store last Wednesday. The site of the 130,000-square-foot grocery store will be 15 acres and located between 15-501 and Old Durham Road – the current location of Performance AutoMall. The new Wegmans adds to a multitude of growth and construction in the area, including the nearby Blue Hill District and the remodeling of the intersection at 15-501 and Scarlett Drive. “That whole corridor is going to be changing, and we want to make sure that it’s a pleasant experience for people,” said Chapel...

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Child Fatality Statistics Released for 2016

The North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force released new numbers and a detailed report on the child death rate in the state from 2016. The report says 59.2 children between the ages of zero and 17 died per 100,000. Even though this number has stayed relatively stable since 2010, executive director of the task force Kella Hatcher believes that is not good enough. “The other way of looking at it is that it’s stagnant, and that stagnant is not acceptable,” says Hatcher. “We were on a downward trajectory for quite some time, even if it was a little bit...

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Chapel Hill Fire Department Able to Provide New Life-Saving Services

The Chapel Hill Fire Department is now certified to deliver Emergency Medical Technician services to patients in the field. The certification is a culmination of nearly two years of preparation and training through a partnership with Orange County Emergency Services. Captain Jake Sinkiewicz, who was instrumental in making this change, has already seen the added service make a positive impact. “Between the new equipment and the training, we’ve been able to make more advanced, pre-hospital practitioner-like decisions,” said Sinkiewicz. “It’s been a good impact thus far.” Firefighters are now able to provide more advanced ways of ventilating and oxygenating...

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Durham Tech Dental Program Receives Honors

The Dental Lab Technology program at Durham Tech has been ranked the top in the country, according to a national accrediting organization. The National Association of Dental Laboratories and the National Board for Certification in Dental Laboratory Technology made the announcement last week. Durham Tech is ranked number one among the 14 accredited dental lab programs in the U.S. in performance on the Recognized Graduate Exam. “I believe this sets a standard in teaching that we will continue to hold ourselves to and maintain with future classes,” said Erin Popov, clinical coordinator and instructor in the Dental Lab Technology...

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Gov. Cooper, Protesters Take Center Stage at University Day

UNC’s annual University Day celebration took place yesterday in Memorial Hall, commemorating UNC’s 224th year as a public university. Governor Roy Cooper, a UNC alumnus, delivered a keynote speech in which he commented on the polarizing nature of Donald Trump, the great strides taken by UNC students and alumni, and staying optimistic in difficult times. “It is easy to get discouraged but I’m not, and I’ll tell you why,” said Cooper. “So much of my optimism for North Carolina is founded on this place.” Cooper was also the first speaker of the day to acknowledge the Silent Sam protestors...

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