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Posted inSubstance Use

As overdose deaths rise, structural barriers to better treatment remain

By Clarissa Donnelly-DeRoven About a month before 18-year-old Madison Workman died of a fentanyl overdose, she told her mom, Amber DelVechio, she wanted to get into a substance use treatment program that used suboxone. This sort of program, called medication-assisted treatment (MAT), was new to the family. Workman had been in a recovery program before, […]

Posted inAging

NC’s perennially popular senior centers eye post-COVID changes, modernized approaches

By Thomas Goldsmith North Carolina’s senior centers have for decades offered havens of company, support and education for older people but had to adapt most of those roles during the pandemic that hit the over-65 population especially hard. As the state’s more than 160 centers reopen this year with the ongoing COVID-19 disease still a […]