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BRCC student goes from prison to top N.C. award

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Paralee Cox left behind a background in drug trafficking for a community college degree and certificate as a surgical technician, a turnaround so impressive that she is the North Carolina Community College System student of the year for 2022.   Read Story »

Tags: BRCC | drug abuse | substance abuse | drug addiction | substance abuse treatment

Henderson County News

Family turns loss into crusade to help addicts avoid drug ODs

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The pain returned, still raw, as Lynette Oliver remembered that awful day nearly four years ago when she found her son dead.   Read Story »

Tags: drug abuse | drug overdoses | substance abuse | drug addiction | substance abuse treatment

Henderson County News

County will get $9 million to fight substance abuse

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Henderson County will receive $8.9 million for substance abuse programs from the settlement of lawsuits against drug makers that produced and marketed highly addictive painkillers.   Read Story »

Tags: drugs | opioid abuse | substance abuse

Henderson County News

Overdose deaths in state spiked by 40% in 2020, DHHS says

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An average of nine North Carolinians died each day from a drug overdose in 2020, a 40 percent increase from the previous year, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday.   Read Story »

Tags: drug overdoses | substance abuse

Henderson County News

Report identifies highest priorities for health care

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The 2021 Henderson County Community Health Assessment for Henderson County, which identifies the highest priorities in the county for health care, is now available to the public.   Read Story »

Tags: health care | health | health and fitness | mental health | substance abuse

Henderson County News

Student leaders pledge to combat substance abuse

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Henderson County high school students who have pledged to combat drug abuse stood and listened to a proclamation read by County Commissioner Rebecca McCall on Wednesday ahead of "We Are Hope" substance abuse awareness week March 7-11.   Read Story »

Tags: drug abuse | drug overdoses | substance abuse

Henderson County News

Judge jails 4X DWI defendant on $1M bond

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A repeat drunk driver who slipped through the cracks numerous times may finally have met a reckoning.   Read Story »

Tags: drunk driving | MADD | substance abuse

Henderson County News

Council member’s life-saving act highlights epidemic of overdoses

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Jennifer Hensley wears many hats — Dr. Hensley, the chiropractor and business owner; Hendersonville City Council member, youth snow skiing and softball super mom. Until Friday she had not been known as a life saver.   Read Story »

Tags: Jennifer Hensley | drug overdoses | substance abuse

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Don't miss this week's Hendersonville Lightning

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Don’t miss this week’s Hendersonville Lightning.   Read Story »

Tags: drug abuse | Jennifer Hensley | substance abuse

Henderson County News

Senate budget includes $1.5 million for addiction rehab center

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State Sen. Chuck Edwards announced that weeks of budget work have now resulted in a plan that addresses the core needs of the state.    Read Story »

Tags: First Contact Ministries | substance abuse

Henderson County News

County, Free Clinics recognized for substance abuse program at jail

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Henderson County's partnership with The Free Clinics to address substance abuse among jail inmates has received a 2020 Local Government Federal Credit Union Excellence in Innovation Award from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners.   Read Story »

Tags: Free Clinics | drug abuse | substance abuse | Henderson County jail | Henderson County detention center