In 2017, 68% of all drug-related deaths involved opioids.
The State Health Department continues to train public workers on the signs of opioid overdose and how to keep the community and law enforcement safe.
In Martin County, The North Carolina Health and Human Services Department trained public workers on how to better handle opioid and methamphetamine overdoses.
Raising awareness about this growing epidemic.
The rate of unintentional overdose deaths in Martin County is 7.7 per 1,000 people.
The state rate is 12.2.
The county Health Department said they see a spike in opioid overdoses around the summer time.
The training showed the dangers of First Responders getting secondhand exposure to opioids.
The State Health Department said public workers can come into contact with an overdose situation anywhere and it’s best to stay prepared with Narcan.