Governor Cooper talks effort to tackle opioid drug abuse at Coastal Horizon’s dinner

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –¬†Governor Roy Cooper is in Wilmington this evening talking to one of the largest centers in the area who see the affects of the drug opioid abuse epidemic head on.

The Governor updated those at the Coastal Horizon’s dinner of his administrations efforts to handle the ongoing drug overdose epidemic.

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Cooper talked about his administrations request for medicaid expansion as well as the efforts from the new STOP act. It was signed into law over the summer and will work to reduce the supply of opioids subscribed around the state.

He also shared with WWAY that he and other leaders are working to create a collective community effort to promote treatment for every addict.

“One of the things that I want is to coordinate the non profit and faith based communities so we can use all of our resources.” said the Governor. “Government cannot do this alone. It’s going to take our non-profits, our business community, churches, people of faith, it’s going to take all of us pulling together.”



The Governor will continue the conversation on tackling the state’s opioid addiction epidemic tomorrow at a morning round table discussion at the coastline convention center in downtown Wilmington.