Chapel Hill Police will soon begin carrying the anti-overdose drug Naloxone.
“Most of our officers have completed training and we’re just in the process of getting the kits and putting them out for our patrol officers,” says Lieutenant Josh Mecimore.
Naloxone is an opioid-blocking nasal spray that can save the life of an overdose victim by temporarily reversing the effects of opiates, giving emergency responders a window of opportunity to get patients to the hospital for treatment.
Carrboro Police have carried the kits since October, and in that time, officers have used it twice to revive overdose victims.
Across North Carolina, there has been a more than 300 percent increase in opioid overdose deaths since 1999, according to the state Center for Health Statistics.
Last year, 86 people in Orange County were hospitalized due to overdose.
Carrboro Police Captain Chris Atack says his department has seen that prescription pain killers are a growing local problem.
“We have known for years that there has been a prescription drug abuse problem” says Atack. “We have been involved with other agencies, Chapel Hill specifically, for drug take-back activities, so there’s been an awareness on the law enforecment side that this is a real issue.”
While the total number of opiate overdose deaths in Orange County is small, Health Department Program Manager Meredith Stewart says it is on the rise.
An average of 3.5 out of six poisoning deaths was attributable to prescription opiates a decade ago. Now, that average has risen to seven out of ten poisoning deaths for the past three years.
Fundamentally, Stewart says any number of preventable deaths is too much.
“There are still people in Orange County dying and, really, one person is too many because we do have effective methods like naloxone to use when an overdose is actually happening,” says Stewart.
The Health Department also offers naloxone kits to Orange County residents so friends and family members of those with a history of opiate abuse can have the rescue drug on hand.
CHAPEL HILL – While Chapel Hill road construction is wrapping up with the return of students and teachers, the Town of Hillsborough is beginning some resurfacing projects this week.
The removal of failing asphalt and paving was scheduled to begin Monday on a number of roads; due to rain, that work will likely be held off until Tuesday or later with rain expected all week.
Residents and businesses that are expected to be affected by the road work will be notified through fliers when the contractors will be on their street.
The work is schedule to be completed by September 30.
Road construction will take place on the following roads:
Cates, Dana, Jamie, Pond Lilly, Robert, Sand, Uphill, Westdale, Wildaro courts
Exchange Park, Faribault, Magnolia lanes
Freeland Drive, Pointe Place, Rhonda Road, and Turner Street
The Orange County Health Department is expanding its services through a partnership with Piedmont Health in an effort to minimize the gap in affordable health services in the county.
Beginning Wednesday, Piedmont Health will provide patients within the Orange County Health Department’s Hillsborough clinic location with outreach services. The goal is to help establish primary care to those who are currently ineligible for services at the OC Health Department.
During the partnership’s pilot phase, a medical team from Piedmont Health will see patients on Wednesdays from
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Health Department’s clinic located at 300 West Tryon Street in Hillsborough. Adding
four hours of clinical time each week will enable an additional 40 patients to receive care per month. Services will
be provided by Dr. Oscar Cornelio and medical assistant, Mauricio Flores. Payment options include Medicaid,
Medicare, private insurance, and self-pay based on a sliding fee scale. Appointments can be made by calling
Piedmont Health at 336.562.3311.
The Chatham County Solid Waste and Recycling Division is seeking input from residents about various recycling programs and its collection centers.
In your summer tax bill, ChathamCounty residents will receive a green insert with a link to the survey. However, the link was printed incorrectly. The correct link is www.surveymonkey.com/s/RecycleChatham2013.
You can also complete the survey by visiting any of the 12 collection centers or the main solid waste and recycling facility on County Landfill Road west of Pittsboro.
The survey is due September 20.http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/hillsborough-paving-oc-health-teams-with-piedmont-chatham-waste-survey