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Opioid Stats from Governor Cooper's Office
The stats reveal that there was a 73% increase in opioid deaths from 2005. (Photo: Basil John/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —Opioids are a common solution to dealing with pain from serious injuries.

However, over the years many of these opioids have brought about death time and time again.

“It’s just really sad to see that people have to feel like they have to result to, you know, heroin, meth- any type of drugs to like cope with their sadness. Its just sad,” Karson Ange, from Wilmington, said.

According to Gov. Roy Cooper’s county-by-county statistics about the opioid crisis, in 2015, there were more than 1,100 opioid related deaths.

That’s a 73-percent increase from 2005.

Many people find that increase worrying.

“It’s saddening, it’s scary, to think that numbers can go from low to high in such a short period of time,” Samantha Suggs, from Burgaw, said.

“It shows the growing problem and you know it’s something that you know do you try to disrupt the supplier or do you punish the user,” John Burns, a hospital pharmacist, said.

Both New Hanover and Pender counties show some of the highest increases in opioid deaths.

According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human services, New Hanover went from 26 deaths in 2005 to 45 in 2015.

Pender county went from one death in 2005 to 14 in 2015.

Many see this as a worrying trend and think the government should do something about it.

“Make sure people understand the dosage and how often they need to use it and not abuse the system, basically,” Ange said.

“Stop worrying about such little things, you know, I mean just get out there and crack down. I mean like I said, it’s easier said than done and I know I couldn’t do it, it’s a hard job, but there is something that could be done,” Suggs said.

Gov. Cooper recently joined leaders across the country to combat the opioid crisis.

For some people, these opioids can lead to a path of addiction and maybe even death.

The full reports of stats across the state are below.


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