RALEIGH – Opiate-related deaths in Mecklenburg County have increased from 26 in 2005 to 61 in 2015, according to Gov. Roy Cooper’s office. Statewide, the deaths climbed to more than 1,100 in 2015, a 73 percent increase from 2005.
Cooper proposed providing $12 million in statewide mental health single-stream funds to combat opioid abuse and another $2 million to enhance law enforcement’s efforts to fight it.
He also criticized the Senate Republican budget for appropriated less.
“Opioid addiction is devastating families across the nation,” Cooper said. “This is a uniquely challenging crisis for our communities and will require a new level of collaboration between law enforcement, treatment-providers and those in recovery. I am committed to combatting opioid abuse in North Carolina, and I urge the General Assembly to make a similar investment to help those who are suffering from this disease.”
Cooper recently joined leaders across the country in a bipartisan commission to combat the opioid crisis.