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MAR 05, 2014 - Huffington Post

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North Carolina Leads South With Drug Overdose Reform

WILKES COUNTY, N.C. -- Prescription painkillers hit the stark, beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains hard. Once known as the world's moonshine capital, by the mid-2000s Wilkes County had a drug overdose death rate four times the national average. Ambulances racing across its 700 square miles all too often arrived too late. But as the toll from prescription opiates and their illicit cousin heroin rose nationally, Wilkes began bucking the trend. In three years it cut overdose deaths nearly in half from their 2009 peak, according to North Carolina Department of Health and Human ... Read More

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