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Public News Service - NC: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

Many North Carolina clergy members say they support harm-reduction programs such as needle exchanges. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina's clergy are gathering in cities across the state to talk about the opioid crisis. A recent survey found more than 70 percent of clergy in North Carolina say their congregations have been affected by opioids. Barriers to accessing substance abuse and mental-hea

Just as North Carolina increases efforts to fight opioid abuse, Congress could take steps to reduce funding. (Innocent Coppieters/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. - Gov. Roy Cooper and his administration recently have initiated large-scale attempts to curb opioid abuse in North Carolina. The governor announced the state's new action plan to more closely regulate painkillers as part of last week's Opioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention Summit.

Injection drug use is believed to be one of the causes of the spread of hepatitis. (Eric Molina/flickr.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. – After decades of being on the decline, hepatitis cases are taking a sharp upswing in North Carolina and the rest of the country. The latest data released Wednesday from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services finds that new cases of hepatitis B increased by

A program organized by the North Carolina Council of Churches offers grants to qualifying churches that offer health and wellness programs to their communities. (Justin/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Growing numbers of North Carolina churches offer their congregations health and wellness resources, alongside spiritual guidance. And beginning next week, a statewide program allows qualifying churches to apply for mini-grants to provide health related services to their commu

Heroin addiction and consequent overdoses are on the rise in North Carolina and attributed in part to the reduced availability of black market pain medication. (L./Flickr)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Thousands of North Carolinians are addicted to prescription painkillers and, as new laws limit their prescription and availability, opioid addicts are turning to the street drug heroin to feed their addiction. Dr. Chris Flanders works in the emergency department at Mission Hospi

North Carolina's Child Health Report Card says the state has work to do when it come to offering parents access to health care. (Yooperann/flickr.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. - The health of North Carolina's children has the potential to impact the state for generations to come and this year the state is getting mixed reviews for it's efforts. NC Child issued its annual report card today tracking 40 areas of child health. While the state has seen impro

Smokers in North Carolina spend an average of $88,000 over their lifetime on their habit, which is less than in many other states. (erdenebayer/morguefile)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The average smoker in North Carolina will spend $88,000 on their habit over a lifetime. That's according to new data from the personal-finance website, WalletHub. Lifetime healthcare costs are even higher than that, at $136,000, and tobacco addiction specialist Donna Borowski wit

Credit: Experts and the state are asking parents to discourage underage drinking among their children during the holidays and throughout the year. Credit: maldoR/morguefile.com

RALEIGH, N.C. - December is one of the prime months when youths experiment with alcohol, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. This month, the state is renewing its fight against underage drinking with new Public Service Announcements airing on local television and a call to sta

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